Voters say no to some school ballot questions

Voters say no to some school ballot questions
By: Wes Wallace
Election day gave several Southeast Missouri school districts a bad grade from voters.  Neelyville, Poplar Bluff, and Caruthersville all had school bond or tax issues voted down. "We've run out of space,"  says Sherri Ponder, Principal at Hillview K-2 Center, "We've got offices in closets, a bathroom converted into a small classroom, and we use the cafeteria for reading groups.  It's a mess."
Ponder points out the school does quite well considering the adversity, but she says it's past time for a new building.
Hillview is one of several schools in the Neelyville district that could use serious upgrades. Ponder says there are several reasons why voters said no for the fourth time.  "Quite simply, no one wants to be taxed, but we're not asking for that much, just the minimum to get what we need."
Ponder says the school district will try again on the next ballot.  In the meantime, the schools may resort to using trailer classrooms to get more room.