There will be no special election in March on a proposed $27 million bond referendum to revitalize Charles City High School.
The school district needed at least 445 signatures to put the measure before voters and was shooting for 500 to give them some cushion. The deadline to submit the required number of signatures to the Floyd County Auditor’s Office was Friday, January 20th in order to get the bond referendum on the ballot for March 7th.
However, the school district ended up about 90 signatures short and they’ll have to reconsider another time, possibly next fall, to approach the issue again.
The $27 million price tag of the bond referendum would’ve paid for improvements to the High School building, which hasn’t had any major work done to it since it was built in 1960. Topping the list of upgrades would is replacement of outdated heating and air conditioning systems that are getting to the age that finding replacement parts is becoming increasingly difficult.
About a third of the money would go towards the addition of an 800-seat performing arts auditorium.