Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Voters in the Jefferson-Scranton and East Greene School Districts on Tuesday approved by a wide margin reorganizing the two districts into one.

The two districts will continue in a whole-grade sharing agreement through the 2013-14 school year, with the reorganization effective July 1, 2014. The reorganized district will use the name Greene County Community School District.

Among Tuesday voters, the proposal had the widest margin of approval from voters in the Rippey precinct of the East Greene District. There the vote was 51 in favor and 3 against. In the Grand Junction precinct, the vote was 82 in favor and 20 against. Twenty-seven East Greene voters cast absentee ballots, with all of them being in favor of the merger. Totals in the East Greene district were 160 (87 percent) in favor and 23 against. Voter turnout was just short of 16 percent.

In the J-S district, the total vote was 405 (89 percent) in favor of the proposal and 50 against. In the Jefferson precinct, the vote was 318 in favor and 42 against. In the Scranton precinct, the vote was 33 in favor and seven against. Fifty-five people cast absentee ballots, with 54 being in favor of the consolidation. Voter turnout was 10 percent.

Vote counts are unofficial until the Greene County Board of Supervisors' canvass next Monday.