For the seventh time in three years, voters in the Liberty School District apparently have rejected a construction bond issue to house growing enrollment.
The latest proposal included a new middle school and additional teaching space in existing buildings.
Superintendent Donn Livoni said he and the school board are awaiting final election results before considering the next move for the district.
Balloting on Sept. 17 left the district nearly four percentage points short of the 60 percent yes vote needed for approval of the $5.9 million bond issue.
On election night, the county auditor reported 488 yes votes to 377 no votes, or 56.4 percent yes.
Livoni said there were enough absentees yet to be counted that it was numerically possible for the bond issue to pass.
School officials are seeking to solve a crowding problem in the district, and prepare for expected growth in the district in coming years.
Currently the elementary school library has temporary partitions to create additional class space, and other students are being taught in a custodial supply room.
A study of the district predicted a doubling of student enrollment from about 665 students to nearly 1,200 by the year 2015.
The proposal would provide 14 new or remodeled classrooms at all grades. The middle school would have a multipurpose gymnasium.
The bond also called for spending $250,000 on new technology for classrooms.