DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) - Despite teachers and school administrators best efforts, thereferendum was voted against 601 to 400.
That means Delphi Junior and Senior High Schools will not begetting upgrades that school officials said they desperatelyneed.
Some of those school officials had some strong words to votersabout tonight's results.
"It was more important for them to have money in their pocketthan for them to take care of their students in the community, youknow that's their choice," said Delphi Community High SchoolPrincipal Barry Stone .
"Our science labs are the worst in the country. I wouldn't saythe state, they're the worst in the country," said Stone.
The multi-million dollar referendum would have brought upgradesto science labs, heating and cooling units, and lighting. DelphiCommunity School teacher Laurie Kinzie said she's worried about howmuch worse conditions will get in her classroom now that thereferendum has failed.
"I've got duct tape on my windows, I got plastic on my windows.I have probably 25 cords running throughout my classroom just to beable to hold all the electricity that we need so very, very, verydisappointing," said Kinzie.
Officials says taxes would not have increased in the area if thereferendum passed. But now that it failed, they will be less thanwhat residents are currently paying. But the School Board'spresident said it will be taxpayers who pay the price on voting"no" in the long run.
"With the depressed economy, now's a good time to be able to doprojects, material costs are rock bottom low," said RobertResler.
Resler said eventually the schools will need to be renovated,and in the future the cost could be much higher. But taxpayersaren't the only ones he thinks will suffer.
"It's not a loss for the school board or the superintendent, winor lose it's for the kids in my opinion the real losers tonight arethe students," he said.
Delphi Superintendent Ralph Walker said he was optimistic aboutthe voting but also realistic. He said similar referendums aren'tpassing in any parts of the country. But he said ultimately hethought the community would support the academics.
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