Posted 6 months ago
By Corey Sorenson
A Sidney school bond measure for a new elementary school on farmland east of town donated by Cabela’s was defeated this week by a narrow margin. The final tally was 1,139 in favor and 1,244 against, a difference of 105 votes. The all mail election produced a 65% turnout.
Cabela’s also donated $1 million toward the cost of the proposed $15.85 million school, which would have replaced the K-4 Central, North and South elementary schools. Superintendent Jay Ehler says the 5th and 6th grade building is in good shape although it will need an upgrade in the near future.
Ehler believes opposition to new taxes may have been one of the reasons the bond issue was defeated, but says that at some point a new 21st century building more conducive to technology and able to handle Sidney’s growing population will be needed.