Results from the U.S.D. 248 school bond election held Tuesday became official on Friday when the Crawford County Board of Commissioners met before its regular meeting to canvass the votes.

Results from the U.S.D. 248 school bond election held Tuesday became official on Friday when the Crawford County Board of Commissioners met before its regular meeting to canvass the votes.
County Clerk Don Pyle told the group, sitting as the county's Board of Canvassers, that 31 ballots were cast provisionally Tuesday. He presented the board those ballots, along with staff recommendations to count 27 of the ballots. Of the four ballots rejected, three were cast by voters who weren't registered for the election. One voter was registered, but had missed the cut-off date for registration for this election, Pyle said.
Of the 27 ballots Pyle and his staff recommended for counting Friday, 20 were cast at the wrong election site. Most of those were cast in the Greenbush precinct site at the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center by staff who wanted to vote but didn't want to travel back to their proper polling place to cast their ballots, Pyle said. Additionally, seven ballots were cast provisionally because of discrepancies with the master list of names in the polling books at each voting site, either because the voter had moved within the district or had a name change that wasn't reflected in the lists.
"It's not going to have a big impact on the final count," Pyle said. "But we need to get them all counted and get the final results, so the school board can move on, to what ever they want to do."
The official totals for Tuesday's election show, out of 3,830 registered voters in the school district, 1,785 votes were cast. That reflects an almost 47 percent turnout for the election. Pyle said that level of participation was unusual, particularly for a single-issue election.
The ballot proposed two questions to the voters on Tuesday. Proposition one called for general obligation bonds totaling $22 million and would have built new classrooms at R.V. Haderlein, Girard Middle School and Girard High School, added students lockers and a commons area, provided funding for a new football/track facility and financed construction of a student/community center with additional gymnasium space, locker rooms, weight room and meeting rooms.
Proposition two, totaling an additional $2.4 million, would have added an indoor swimming pool to the project.
In the final, official tally, 1,272 votes were cast against the first proposition to 502 in favor, a margin of more than 2.5-to-1 against. The second proposition failed, 1,529 to 247, a margin of almost 6.2-to-1.
On a motion by Commissioner Bob Kmiec, seconded by Commissioner Linda Grilz, the board voted to accept the final election results with the provisional ballots. A copy of the results will be sent to the school district.
In other business, the Board:
• Heard a report from Craig Stokes of Franklin regarding the Sewer District Three project. Most of the information needed has been gathered to proceed, Stokes said, including an estimated of probably users. The Franklin board and project managers are still working on how much the final cost of treatment will be, which will impact final costs to those users. Stokes said estimates based on an existing contract with Arma for sewer treatment services will probably be used to determine preliminary estimates on treatments costs.
• Accepted the annual county weed report from Noxious Weed Director Ed Fields and approved Fields' reappointment to the position for the coming year.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in chambers at the Crawford County Courthouse in Girard.