Waynesville school issue passed by 7 votes, recount ahead

Voters in the Warren County portion of the Wayne Local School District passed a 4.68 mill, 37-year bond issue by seven votes in the Nov. 7 election, according to results tallied on Tuesday by the Warren County Board of Elections.

The 1,241-1,234 result still triggers a recount scheduled for next Tuesday in Lebanon, according to Brian Sleeth, director of the county election board.

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“We’re not going to feel 100 percent relaxed or confident until it’s been officially certified,” Superintendent Patt Dubbs said. “We’re ahead. That’s a good thing.”

On Wednesday, the Greene County Board of Elections is expected to certify the results on the Wayne Local issue in its portion of the district.

Greene County is also expected to recount, although there are fewer votes at issue.

Election night tallies were 1,226 to 1,225 in Warren County, 11 to 10 in the small piece of the district in Green County- leaving only a two-vote margin.

Tuesday’s final count widens the margin, with only a relatively small number of votes to be counted in Greene County.

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Passage of Issue 19 would repay debt on bonds issued to finance more than $26.5 million in funds used to build a new Waynesville Elementary School, turn the 1915 Building, a former school building, into a community center and improve parking and other infrastructure on the Wayne Local Schools’ complex off Dayton Road.

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Recounts are also scheduled in races for Deerfield Twp. trustee and Franklin Board of Education.

The results tallied Tuesday showed Lonnie Vestal with 2,224 and Bill Lantry with 2,197 in the race for the seat on the Deerfield Twp. Board of Trustees.

And in a race for the Franklin school board, Bob Knipper was leading Dennis G. Dwyer, 1,371-1,363.

But in the race for Franklin City Council, Matt Wilcher edged Carl Bray, 850-838 and no recount will be held, Sleeth said.

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