Breaking news: IRSD referendum fails, 55-45 percent

 The 2019 referendum has FAILED in Indian River School District, by roughly 55-45 percent. The unofficial count was 3866-3202 voting against the Major Capital Expense question and 3836-3124 voting against the Current Expense question.

Between the local increase in property taxes and state funding, the district aimed to build a new school to solve space problems in the north, plus new classrooms at Indian River High School and Selbyville Middle School.

“We’re very disappointed. We were hoping we would be able to pass this, but we also respect the wishes of our constituents,” Superintendent Mark Steele said 30 minutes after polls closed on Feb. 5. “Capacity is a major issue that we’re gonna to face in our district in the future. We’re going to have to tackle it somewhere along the line and hopefully be able to get space for our kids. We’re still faced with a shortage of classrooms.”

District administrators will begin brainstorming their next options in the coming weeks.

“This does not hinder the education our students will be getting,” Steele said. “They will continue to get a quality education at Indian River.”

More details in the Feb. 8 Coastal Point.



By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter