Williamston's School millage failed Tuesday night-- with just 117 votes separating the "Yes's" from the "No's." It's a failed attempt for the second time to pass a four million dollar sinking fund for Williamston Schools, leaving Superintendent Narda Murphy with a sinking feeling. "I was very disappointed. I mean you put a lot into that and you know the kind of impact it's going to have on the budget and the difference it's going to make. You just kind of count on that because there are some very significant facility needs."
In a district, like so many others, it has already made cuts across the board. Murphy said part of the problem this sinking fund would have addressed: essentials like fixing the leaky roof, parts of the middle school or rusty doors over at the elementary school. These problems are not necessarily obvious problems that people would notice, and because of that many voters probably didn't care enough to come out the polls.
"Maybe we didn't do a good enough job educating the voters on the need, where to vote, when to vote, and what a sinking fund is." So for now it's back to the drawing boards and one parent in the district we talked to wasn't pleased.