Voters cast their ballots on an $18.8 million bond issue to fund jail renovations in Tuesday's Madison County primary.
Voters on Tuesday narrowly rejected a school district consolidation question in East Alton, Hartford and Wood River.
The final vote tally was 938 to 931.
Citizens for a Better Education spokesman Andrew Russell said he was disappointed in the outcome but believes that consolidation eventually will happen.
“I’m not really sure why it didn’t succeed unless we didn’t get enough information out sooner,” Russell said. “I don’t know that I personally will try it again, but I do think that it will be a continued effort until it either happens by the voters or the state comes in and makes it happen.”
Much of the opposition appeared to come from Hartford, but he said the group was waiting to get the official returns before making that determination.
“The main benefits to us as a committee are the education aspects,” he said. “We want an aligned curriculum; we want all the students to be learning from the same material. That is the biggest objective that we are looking to achieve.
“We’re a little disappointed, but it doesn’t mean that it’s over,” he said.
Save Our Schools spokesperson Linda Hoffman, an associate professor of psychology at McKendree University, said proponents need to have a clear plan the next time they bring the issue to voters.
“They could never seem to give us any facts and a five-year projection like we were asking them for,” Hoffman said.
Hoffman said Hartford residents asked her to be the spokesperson for the anti-consolidation effort because they feared a merger would result in the closure of Hartford Elementary School. Another concern was lack of representation on a school board that would be voted on at-large.
“The smaller constituencies like Hartford may not be represented in the larger district,” she said. “When you have local representation, the local schools ... there’s something that feels more personal and I think that was a major concern as well.”
Hoffman said the two elementary district superintendents are working to address curriculum issues cited by consolidation advocates.
“If you look into the research, the research suggests that consolidation doesn’t give you all of the things that people would like it to do,” Hoffman said. “There’s no magic in consolidation.”
In other results from Tuesday's election:
Granite City School District: A proposition to increase the maximum annual tax rate from 2.55 percent to 3.35 percent in the Granite City School District failed 3,042 to 2,060.
Bethalto: Incumbents Jeff Mull and Gary D. Bost and newcomer Dan McRae won four-year trustee seats.
East Alton: Incumbents Walter Allen Hale III, Phillip Keasler and Debra Angleton won four-year trustee terms and newcomer Joe Silkwood was elected to a two-year term.
Godfrey: Incumbent Eldon C. (Twirp) Williams and newcomers Karen J. McAtee and Joseph J. (Joe) Springman III won four-year trustee seats.
Hartford: Incumbent Robert Cheatham and newcomers Heather Flanigan and Michelle Prickett won four-year trustee terms.
Roxana: Incumbents Mark Diveley and Robert Kelly and newcomer Marty Reynolds won four-year village trustee seats.
South Roxana: Kay Squires won a two-year village clerk term. Incumbent Tonya Steed and newcomers Freddie Childers and Tom Fleming were elected to four-year trustee terms.
Wood River: Incumbents Frank Akers and Sharon Kadell won four-year City Council terms.
Roxana School Board: Incumbents Karen McKinzie and Sherry Keller and newcomer Clyde “Butch” McGill won four-year School Board seats.
Bethalto School Board: Incumbents Susan E. Walker and Todd Meiser and newcomer Donald Woelfel won four-year School Board terms.
Alton School Board: Incumbents David P. Lauschke and Vivian L. Monckton and newcomer David M. Fritz won four-year School Board terms.
East Alton District 13 School Board: Incumbents Keith W. Trout, Marvin Peterson and Ken Harmon won four-year terms.
East Alton-Wood River District 14 School Board: Incumbents William Leroy Duncan, Jennifer Murray and Michelle St. Peters won four-year school board terms.
Bethalto Public Library District: Patricia Beiermann and Susan Yeager won six-year library trustee terms.