Voters in West Salem were split on the two school
They approved exceeding the revenue limit by 5-hundred
thousand dollars...but voted down the proposal to
build a new 32-million dollar middle school.
However, the district isn't the only group disappointed
with the outcome.
News Eight's Kyle Dimke is here to tell us why this
vote is affecting more than just the school district.
Mike and Lisa....if the referendum passed .
both the Boy and Girls Club and the West Salem Hockey
Association were interested in using the current middle
The Boys and Girls Club is looking to create a bigger
permanent space in West Salem...
And the hockey association has out grown its current
Since the referendum didn't pass .
it's back to the drawing boards for all three groups.
Now that votes are in and the West Salem School District
knows it won't be building a new middle school in
the near future...
Superintendent Troy Gunderson says .
it's time to find out why.
TG: 6- What are your main concerns? Why didn't you
support this? So we kind of get a handle on what the
community views as to what are they trying to tell
us by voting no? What is the issue for them?
After talking to the community .
the district hopes to use that feedback to make its
TG: 7- Then sort of game plan moving forward.
You know we're not in a situation where tomorrow we
have to rent a trailer to put children in, I mean
we've got facilities that we can use, but we should
stop and think, what's the right thing moving forward?