Solon, Iowa Valley Schools bond votes pass

Elsewhere, voters reject Benton Community School's plan.

School districts across the Corridor tried to pass bond votes necessary for building renovation during special elections March 7, but not all school districts measures were approved.

Voters in Solon were in favor of a $25 million bond to expand its intermediate school, build an indoor activity center and pay for turf at the football stadium. The measure passed 65% to 35%.

Iowa Valley Schools saw their measure passed 73% to 27%, which will see a $10.6 million bond for renovations like a secure entry, HVAC and fire alarm system for the junior and senior high building, and an updated career and technical education space.

But for Benton Community Schools, voters rejected a $48.5 million bond with 64% of voters rejecting the measure, according to KCRG. The bond would have constructed a new elementary school in Van Horne, as well as renovated the current elementary school, middle school and high school.

Bond votes typically require a 60% majority to pass.

In a separate special election, city of Swisher voters soundly rejected a measure to develop a municipal water system by a margin of 84.2% to 15.8%.

In proposing the measure, city officials said a municipal water system would bring crucial economic development benefits to the Johnson County community of just over 900 residents – one of just two Johnson County towns relying primarily on private wells for its water needs.