Voters in ISD 278 decisively rejected the district’s request to revoke the existing capital project levy authorization and to approve new authorization.

Voters rejected the measure by a more than 10 point margin – with 44.3 percent supporting the measure and 55.6 percent opposing it. Had it passed, the levy would have generated approximately $2.1 million in 2020 – funds that would have been used to acquire, install and maintain technology and improve teaching and learning, according to the ballot question.

A new face will join the Orono school board, and two incumbents will retain their seats.

Ali Howe and incumbents Laura Wallander and Michael Bash all claimed spots on the ISD 278 Orono Schools board of education on Tuesday, according to unofficial numbers from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office. Howe took 29 percent of the vote; Wallander garnered 28.3 percent; and Bash earned 21.8 percent. David Schuler fell short in his bid for a spot on the board, taking home 19.6 percent of the vote.

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