Knox Community School Board Questions Bill for Special Election

The Knox Community School Board members last night discussed the cost of the special election held May 7.

“We just gave some information that the original bill from the clerk’s office was $21,721.60, but then it was discovered that there were some mistakes made in that bill,” explained Superintendent A.J. Gappa when discussing the board’s concerns. “Some people turned in vouchers to work on absentee balloting were being paid double for what they were supposed to get. So, the bill was reduced down to $17,732.28.”

Gappa added that there are some questions the board has concerning the estimate given to them before the election. The board was quoted $10,750 before the election and paid a $17,732 claim.

“The big difference of over $7,000 was the main question that the school board had.”

The board hopes to meet with Starke County Clerk Evelyn Skronski and the election board to have some of their concerns addressed.

Knox Community School Board Approves Payment for Special Election

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox Community School Board approved an appropriation worth $21,000 in order to pay for expenditures for the special election held earlier this month.

The amount was a little more than estimated but now all of the expenses can be paid with the approval of this appropriation.

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Absentee Voting Going Strong in Special Election

There is still time to vote absentee in the special election in Starke County.

Voters in California, Center and Washington townships are eligible to vote on a public question offered by the Knox Community School Board concerning a construction and remodeling project in the Palmer Wing at the elementary school.

Absentee voting is available today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Starke County Courthouse. The last day to vote absentee in-office is Monday from 8 a.m. to noon. The polls will be open on Election Day Tuesday, May 7 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A total of 207 in-office absentee ballots have been cast, 32 mail-in ballots received and 8 travel board votes collected.

Additional Palmer Wing Tours Scheduled at Knox Elementary

Voters in the Knox Community School District will have several more chances to take a firsthand look at the repairs they are being asked to fund through a nominal property tax hike. The Whatever it Takes Committee has scheduled five more informational meetings at Knox Elementary School. Each will start with a brief PowerPoint presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session and tours of the building’s original Palmer wing. All meetings will start in the cafeteria/multipurpose room at the east end of the elementary school building. Continue reading

Deadline Approaching to Register to Vote in May Special Election

This year may be an off-year for elections, but there will be a special election in Starke County this May.

The Knox Community School Board is offering a public question on the May ballot that concerns a construction and rehabilitation project at the Palmer Wing section of the Knox Elementary School. The school board has conducted studies and received public input about the need to reconstruct a portion of the building and remodel another section in order to move forward with education needs at the facility.

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