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11/7/2012 10:26:00 AM
Mendota school board restructuring question fails
Tamara Abbey
Mendota Bureau Chief

MENDOTA — A referendum asking residents in the Mendota Grade School District to elect board members at large failed in each of the three counties covered by the district.

Voters in Bureau, La Salle and Lee counties voted against the proposal by a margin of 2,133-1,466. The grade school district consolidated with a number of neighboring rural school districts until it currently includes Clarion Township in Bureau County, Compton and West Brooklyn in Lee County.
The board is representative in the way members are elected with three members from the surrounding townships, including Ophir, Troy Grove and Meriden, and four from within Mendota Township. The referendum would have erased those residency requirements to qualify for a seat.
Board president Tim Pohl said the referendum would have needed majority approval from both Mendota Township and the surrounding townships that make up the district if it were to pass.
Vote totals by county:
* Bureau: 37 yes; 46 no
* Lee County: 156 yes; 277 no
* La Salle County: 1,273 yes; 1,810 no.

Tamara Abbey can be reached at (815) 539-5200 or

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