Southwest Licking schools

Bond issue rejected; Bell, Huber, Zeune elected to board


The Southwest Licking school district’s 6.04-mill bond issue was defeated by more than 450 votes Nov. 5, according to unofficial results from the Licking County Board of Elections.

District voters also retained two school board incumbents running for re-election.

The results, which included absentee ballots, were calculated with all precincts reporting.

The unofficial result was 3,011 votes, 54 percent of the votes cast, against the bond issue and 2,566 votes, or 46 percent, in favor.

If it had been approved, the bond issue would have provided about $66.5 million for a $109 million construction and renovation project. The state would have kicked in $42.5 million, district officials said.

The bond would have cost property owners about $211 per year per $100,000 of assessed property value.

Despite the rejection of the bond issue, 20-year veteran board members Don Huber and Roger Zeune were re-elected to the board.

Voters also tapped newcomer Daniel Bell for the third school board seat up for election.

Zeune received 2,272 votes, 21.13 percent of the votes cast.

Bell received a handful less: 2,269 votes, or 21.1 percent.

Huber received 2,214 votes, or 20.59 percent.

The other candidates in the field were Andy Leachman, who received 2,078 votes, or 19.32 percent, and John Vincent, who received 1,920 votes, or 17.86 percent.