Voters in the Algona and Lu Verne School Districts have voted to merge them into one during a special election held Tuesday.
Voters not only had to approve the merger, but also a new revenue purpose statement for the district and a physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL), both of which the Algona District already had.
Nearly 350 ballots were cast in the Algona District, with the merger being approved by a margin of 349-9. Voters approved the Revenue Purpose Statement 338-18 and the PPEL 305-44.
In the Lu Verne District, nearly 170 ballots were cast and the merger was approved by a vote of 121-45, while the Revenue Purpose Statement passed 119-49 and the PPEL measure passed 106-57. The results do include the 2 precincts in Hancock County that reside in the Lu Verne District.
With the approval Tuesday, the Districts will be merged into one on July 1st of 2023. The new district will receive additional financial incentives for the merger through the 2025-2026 school year.