Superintendent Peter Brooks said 315 of the 525 total voters approved the bond. The bond money will be used for improvements as part of an overall project to repair damage and replace what was lost in the May 2022 tornado that struck the school [Rae Yost, “$6M Bond Passes for Classrooms, Gym for Castlewood,” KELO-TV, 2023.10.26].
Brooks says this issue passed in part because the district answered the public’s questions better and in part because of higher turnout:
The bond drew 105 more voters this week, he said.
The bad weather was a factor in March and on election Tuesday, and, also, the school’s boys basketball team was in a playoff game at Fort Pierre, Brooks said [Yost, 2023.10.26].
Funny that bad weather would deter people from a ten-minute drive to the polls but not a three-hour drive to a basketball game.
But hey—lower the cost, schedule your vote on a clear day with no big games, and maybe you can get a school bond to pass in South Dakota on the second try.
The Oldham-Ramona-Rutland district less than an hour south of Castlewood is taking its second stab at a school bond issue next month. The ORR board is lowering its bond request by 15%… but there were no playoffs conflicting with their first vote in September.