Citizens continue to say “no,” but the debate isn’t over.

Green Lake School District Administrator Ken Bates is disappointed with the outcome, but he remains optimistic the School Board will attempt a third try.

“We’ll be back,” Bates said Tuesday night, shortly after he determined the operations referendum failed again.

Tuesday’s defeat — in which about 56 percent of Green Lake School District voters were opposed — was the school’s second such defeat this year.

Although it asked for significantly less tax money than the February referendum, the April referendum failed 608 to 474, according to results from all five municipalities in the district.

In contrast, the district’s original February referendum failed by just 21 votes — or 51 percent opposition (394 to 373).

That means the opposition grew more than twice as much as the supporters this time.

“My recommendation is that the board come back [with a third referendum try], and my feeling is not to change it by much,” Bates said Tuesday night. “This is something that we need. This is a necessity to keep our school operating as is.”

Meanwhile, incumbent Gordy Farrell and newcomer Sydney Rouse snagged two seats on the School Board, topping fellow candidates Celest King and Dick Mrazik. For full coverage and analysis, see the April 8 Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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