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April Elections Results: Lebanon R-3 bond approved

Laclede County voters passed a Lebanon R-3 School Bond issue Tuesday. Voters also decided on city council members and school board members. According to unofficial results Tuesday night from the Laclede County Clerk’s Office, Lebanon Schools Proposition 4 passed with 1,294 votes in favor or 69.46 %. A total 569 voted no for 30.54 %. The issue required a 4/7 or 57.14% majority to pass. The bond issue will fund improvements and classrooms at the High School, Maplecrest Elementary and Boswell Elementary as well as innovative learning facilities in the school district. In an email statement, the school district thanked voters for the show of support. “On behalf of the Lebanon R-3 School District students, staff, and Board of Education, we want to thank the community of Lebanon for supporting Proposition 4! Your vote of confidence will have a profound impact on the learning environment for our students! We promise to get right to work on the classroom additions at Maplecrest Elementary, Boswell Elementary, and Lebanon High School.” Superintendent Dr. David Schmitz added, “I could not be more proud of our community’s support for our students and humbled by the trust displayed by this vote of confidence.” In other elections, Nicole Walters and Lauren Jackson received the most votes for two open seats on the Lebanon R-3 School Board with 1,246 votes and 1,302 votes respectively. A third candidate, Jim Smith, received 600 votes. Receiving the most votes for two open seats on the Laclede County C-5 (Joel E. Barber) School Board were Robert “Bobby” Christiansen and Melissa Hawkins McCormick. In Lebanon city elections, Jared Carr was re-elected mayor with 843 votes. His opponent, Don James, received 182 votes. In the only other contested city race, Ward 2 Councilwoman Sheila Mitchell fended off a challenge from Ginger Johnson. Mitchell received 242 votes, while Johnson received 185.