Voters in the Anamosa School District have again voted down a bond issue that would have paid for the construction of a new middle school. The bond referendum required a 60-percent majority to pass and it fell short, with 49-percent voting in favor and 51% voting against it.

If the referendum had passed, it would have allowed the district to raise $15.11 million dollars for a new middle school. A new school was a top priority for the school district, especially following a roof collapse at the old middle school in January. Superintendent Dale Monroe says they’ll now have to pursue other options.

By Janelle Tucker, KMCH, Manchester