Voters in Ritchie County had to decide whether or not to pass the revised school bond in addition to choosing their ideal candidates.
A school bond did not pass last September, but a revised school bond was back on the ballot for the Primary Election. The revised version was seeking roughly $2 million less than the original bond. Superintendent Rick Coffman said it was less of a burden on taxpayers.
Unfortunately, the revision was not accepted by Ritchie County natives. Votes in favor and against the school bond were very close while numbers for each precinct were calculated. Ultimately, the school bond did not pass for the second time.
The Ritchie County Board of Education race had four candidates running for three open positions. Misty Ingram-Keen, of Ellenboro, Ryan Reed, of Harrisville, Denny Nelson of Cairo and Jim Kirk, of Harrisville, were all on the ballot. Out of all the candidates Jim Kirk, with the least amount of votes, did not receive a position.
After the death of county commissioner Floyd Hodge, Judy Watson filled the position. Watson’s time as county commissioner came to an end as candidate Randall Riggs received more votes.