A school referendum in Rock County that failed by two votes is likely headed to a recount.
Voters in the Beloit Turner School District voted Tuesday on a $26.8 million spending plan to build a new elementary school and make improvements to the high school but it’s unclear, even if a recount is requested and completed, if there would be any change in the vote.
The district’s board of canvassers is expected to meet Thursday morning to certify the vote after which anyone who voted in the election can request a recount. The deadline to make the request would likely be Monday or Tuesday depending on when the board of canvassers completes its certification, according to Brad Boll, the school district’s business manager.
“Because of technology it’s maybe 1 percent likely something was miscounted,” Boll said. “There are rarely any changes so I’m not optimistic that they’ll discover a discrepancy that flips things.”
Most school referendums in southern Wisconsin were approved by voters Tuesday, including in Markesan. Voters in that district, based in Green Lake County, agreed to exceed state spending limits by $1.1 million a year for each of the next four years.
In nearby Montello, however, a proposal to exceed state spending limits by a total of $2.8 million over the next four years was defeated by 16 votes.
The apparent setback for Beloit Turner came after several community meetings and a recommendation to the School Board by a citizen committee. The plan, which would have closed Townview Elementary School, would have spent $24.2 million to build a new elementary school on district-owned land northwest of the middle school and high school and $2.6 million for middle school and high school science, technology and math upgrades and additions.
In 2013, a similar proposal for $28 million, that Boll said lacked community input, was overwhelmingly defeated.
“That was way easier to take,” Boll said.