Voters in Area IV (residents of Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Sioux, as well as the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District in Cherokee County) who represent Northwest Iowa Community College, came just short of passing the $13.4 million General Obligation Bond during a special election held on Sept. 14.
The unofficial results show the majority of voters, 57.4 percent, approved the Bond; but it needed a super-majority vote of 60 percent.
Bill Giddings, NICC President, stated, "On behalf of the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff and students at Northwest Iowa Community College, I would like to thank many you for your support in NICC's Special Election for the General Obligation Bond. The unofficial 57.5 percent positive vote was short of the 60 percent needed for the vote to pass. However, this tells us that many of you support the quality educational services we provide at NICC. We will continue to communicate our needs so we can continue to serve our growing enrollments in high value transfer and technical credit programs. We are proud to serve 26,600 continuing education enrollments annually through business and industry training, EMT, CPR, CNA, and Firefighter training. We look forward to playing a vital role in the economic development of northwest Iowa.
"The needs identified in the bond are necessary for NICC to continue to offer industry-standard technical training, to provide up-to-date career and technical education facilities, and to provide instruction that utilizes advanced technology methodologies. The energy conservation and efficiencies as identified in the facilities assessment will create a long term savings to the College benefiting students, faculty, and our constituents.
*Results by County: Cherokee Yes-24 No-12; Lyon Yes-229 No-189; O'Brien Yes-634 No 343; Osceola Yes-84 No-84; Sioux Yes-478 No-446. Total votes cast Yes-1449 57.43% No-1074 No-42.57%.
*Unofficial results. Results will be canvassed by the Sioux County Board of Supervisors Sept. 28.