Referenda defeated in Colonial, Appoquinimink School Districts

By Tom Lehman 11:04pm, February 28, 2013 - Updated 11:25pm, February 28, 2013
Referendum proposals in both the Colonial and Appoqunimink School Districts were defeated at the polls Thursday night.

Colonial School District Superintendent Dorothy Linn says she's disappointed with the results, after an unofficial tally, posted on the state Department of Elections website, showed 2,484 district residents voted against the referendum as opposed to only 925 for it.

"I'm disheartened but the results are a very strong message and the district is going to have to reevaluate and look at what we need to do," Linn says.

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The district was seeking a tax increase of 47 cents per $100 in assessed value--the first operating referendum since 1993.

Meanwhile, the Appoqunimink School District's referendum was also defeated.

Both parts of the referendum would have cost district residents nearly $19 a month in 2013, gradually increasing to about $27 at it's conclusion in 2016.

The first part of the referendum, which would have been used to replenish operational funds was defeated by a vote of 4,633 to 3,301, according to an unofficial tally released Thursday night. The second part of the proposal, which required the passing of the first section, was defeated by a vote of 5,008 to 2,668.

Appoquinimink School District Superintendent Matthew Burrows said the district will have to review its options as it moves forward.

“The community has spoken. While this will not stop our quest for academic excellence, there will be serious consequences for our district. We will be meeting to review our options and will make decisions based on what is best for children,” Burrows says.

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You can see a breakdown of the polls on the State Dept. of Elections' website.

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