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Alton, Mo. — The Couch School District R-1 Proposition K.I.D.S.(Keep Improving District Schools) squeaked by Tuesday night by a razor slim 15 votes.
Unofficial returns from the Oregon County Clerk’s office show K.I.D.S. won 215 Yes to 200 no. That was 50.71 per cent to 49.29 per cent. The proposition will add a debt service levy of 73 cents per $100 assessed valuation of real and personal property.
The proposition was on the ballot Tuesday for residents of the Couch School District along with contests in the county and state primary elections.
In Oregon County running for the GOP nod as Associate Commissioner-Dist. 1, Jason Kemper beat Henry Smith 752 to 331 or 69.44 per cent to 30.56 percent of the vote. In District 2 Jon Hollis beat Nolan Earls 844 to 327 or 72.08 cent of the vote to 27.92 per cent of the vote.
Running to be on the GOP ticket in November for the office of County Public Administrator there were two candidates. Victor Bridges and Mindy Lawrence. Lawrence won the nod by 1,313 votes to Bridges 1,018 votes. Lawrence won by 56.33 per cent of the vote to Bridges 43.67 per cent.
Incumbent Associate Commissioner-District1 John Wrenfrow was unopposed for the Democratic ticket and carried it with 174 votes. In District 2 for Assoc Commissioner for the Democratic ticket Rick Deckard defeated Greg Barton 74 votes to 65 votes or 53.24 per cent of the vote to Barton’s 46.75 per cent of the vote. Deckard will be on the Democratic ticket in November.
Incumbents Coroner Tom Clary and Assessor Charles Alford were unopposed Democrats and so was County Surveyor Scotty Simer.
In the Sheriff’s race for the Republican nomination Chief Deputy Eric King beat candidate Kevin Jotz 1,853 votes to 697. Or 72.87 per cent of the vote to Jotz’s 27.33 per cent. Robert Dyer was unopposed for the Democratic Sheriff nomination and drew 199 votes.
Becky Granger was unopposed the Democratic ticket to run for public administrator.
Proposition K.I.D.S. will allow the Couch R-1 School District to borrow $1,235,000 and issue bonds for the payment thereof, those funds will be combined with FEMA funds for the construction and furnishing of a storm shelter/cafeteria and kitchen. It will also allow the district to renovate the gymnasium, lobby and high school restrooms, construct a bus barn and replace the gymnasium roof.