LITCHFIELD — Voters in the Litchfield School District approved two of three ballot questions in a referendum Nov. 5.
Question 1, a $625-per-pupil operating levy, passed 1,583 to 1,064, a margin of 60 percent to 20 percent.
The levy will bring about $1 million a year into the district to help pay for educational programs. Without the levy, the district could have been headed for drastic budget cuts.
Question 2, a $33 million bonding question to remodel and update the district’s buildings, passed 1,399 to 1,247, a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent.
The projects include improving safety and security at all buildings and updating industrial tech classrooms.
Question 3, a plan for a new swimming pool, soccer field and fitness center, failed 1,526 to 1,110, a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent.
Superintendent Beckie Simenson said Tuesday evening that school officials were thrilled with the result. “This is so good for our kids,” she said.
The district and School Board spent the last year preparing for the vote. “It was a really good community discussion about what our needs are and what the community could support,” Simenson said.
While the failure of Question 3 was disappointing, she said, the district could take some time and consider its next steps on developing more fitness opportunities for students and the community.