The votes are counted and the results are in.
The Indian River School District referendum passes by over 1,000 votes! A total of 12,489 people placed their ballots. 5,394 voted against the referendum, and 7,095 voted in favor of it. This is the largest voter turnout the school district has ever seen. About 150-200 jobs should be saved.
Changes will still need to be made as the district constructs their budget. The district is waiting to see how much money will be cut by the state.
Mark Steele, interim superintendent, states "even though this passes we're still going to have to lean our budget." Steele is hopeful about the future of the school district, adding "we will create, I'm going to say, probably the most transparent school district of anybody else in the state."
He is grateful for the turnout at the polls and for the support given to Indian River School District. "The community could not have helped us more," Steele states.
Four out of six polling locations had higher vote totals for the referendum. These locations include Indian River High School, Selbyville Middle School, Georgetown Elementary, and East Millsboro.
The two locations with stronger numbers against the referendum are Long Neck Elementary and Lord Baltimore Elementary.
Official vote totals for each location will be released tomorrow once numbers are confirmed.