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DeKalb Central taking step back after referendum fails

Superintendent Steve Teders said it is still too early to determine what's next.

Posted: May 8, 2019 9:39 PM
Updated: May 8, 2019 10:18 PM

WATERLOO, Ind. (WFFT) - DeKalb Central United School District leaders say they going to take a step back and evaluate the next steps after it's facility upgrade referendum failed Tuesday.

Superintendent Steve Teders said it is still too early to determine what's next.

"I think there is a time needed to pause, really step back and evaluate the needs within the district," said Teders.

The referndum would've allowed the expansion of the cafeteria at J.R. Watson Elementary, a new boiler system at DeKalb High School and some interior renovations at the middle school.
However, most of the money would've gone toward five artificial turf fields and a field house.

"The boilers at the high school will probably rise to the top as the initial need right away," said Teders.

The ballot issue deeply divided the community with passionate people on both sides.

Teders said the first step is working to bring both sides together.

"I think it is important for us as a community to really come together, work together for the needs for our students and what's next our our district moving forward," Teders said.

Under the referendum process in Indiana, DeKalb Central has to wait two years before this project can appear on the ballot just like it is right now. However, it could get a waiver for it to only be a one year waiting period.

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