Voters reject school construction bond
On Tuesday, May 4, residents of South Kingstown rejected a bond referendum for $85 million to finance school construction projects. According to unofficial results released by the Town, 1,967 voted in favor of the measure (27.2%), and 5,244 voted against it (72.7%).
Although the proposals are currently under review by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), the projects in their current form cannot move forward without a favorable vote from town residents.
The South Kingstown School Building Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 18, at 6 pm to discuss options to consider a new set of proposals for investment in school buildings. Unless the State extends or revises its approach to the “bonus incentives,” South Kingstown will no longer be eligible for 50% reimbursement, but may be eligible for 35% reimbursement on future applications.
The School Building Committee extends its thanks to everyone who participated in the process and those who took the time to vote on this important decision.