$12.8m Keene elementary school project failsBY MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
March 12. 2014 9:28PM
KEENE— A proposed $12.8 million elementary school renovation and consolidation project failed to win 60 percent of the vote at the annual Keene School District meeting Tuesday.
Voters said yes, 1,299 to 975, to the bond article, but it needed 60 percent of the vote to pass. It did receive the majority, 57 percent, of the votes, said SAU 29 Business Administer John Harper on Wednesday.
The elementary consolation plan was to close Jonathan Daniels School and renovate and add small additions to the city's four remaining elementary schools. Daniels was to be repurposed into a district preschool center, Harper said.
The vote also ushered in four new school board members, including Christine Parshall, who won a one-year seat with 1,134 votes. In a six-candidate race for three three-year terms, Dawn Mutuski, with 944 votes, Edward Murdough, with 936 votes, and Jim Carley, with 914 votes, were elected.
The proposed $63,255,581 budget, which represents a less than 1 percent or $498,684 increase over last year's $62,756,947 budget, passed 1,377 to 606. The proposed teacher's contract also passed 1,412 to 626.