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East Prairie voters OK borrowing money for school district

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CHARLESTON -- The East Prairie school district will have the money it needs for a number of repairs.

With 321 votes cast in favor of borrowing $1.5 million and only 32 votes against the measure, the school district will now be able to fund renovations and repairs to the high school, replace windows at R.A. Doyle Elementary, replace the roof at the junior high school and complete other repairs in the district without increasing the district's current debt service property tax levy.

"I'm very excited," said Scott Downing, superintendent of East Prairie schools.

Downing credited "the community and the staff and the Education First Committee for their work in getting in the initiative passed as well as Alfreda Miller for working the polls for us."

Voters in East Prairie also made their picks for seats on the East Prairie Board of Aldermen.

In the race for a two-year term as the city's Ward 2 alderman, voters picked the incumbent, Alex Lee, with 45 votes over Pamela Taylor who brought in 30 votes.

In Ward 3, however, voters picked the challenger, Clinton Wolford, over incumbent Avery T. Hutcheson by a narrow margin: 40 votes for Wolford and 37 for Hutcheson.

Also in East Prairie, Karen Coffer received 38 votes in her unopposed bid for re-election to a two-year term in Ward 1.

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