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Elk Rapids School Bond Denied Again

Voters have rejected Elk Rapids Public Schools’ bond for the second time in four months. The $10.9 million bond was for a new gym, security and athletic upgrades.

Elk Rapids superintendent Steve Prissel is disappointed with yesterday’s outcome.

"We have a supportive community when it comes to education. We know that," he says. "However, the voters spoke and there's not support for capital projects."

He says there’s no extra money in the general fund, and the projects will not happen. He wouldn’t have changed their approach.

"No, I don't regret it. We committed, as a board and administration, that these were the projects that we felt strongly that we needed."

Yesterday’s voter turnout was higher than it was last fall, but 56 percent said no. And the bond failed by a larger margin.

Voters approved Alanson, Manton and Mason County Central school districts’ proposals.