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Voters deny Measure U funding

Kyle Magin
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE ” In its second incarnation, the $93 million ballot Measure U failed by a thin margin.

When final election tallies came in Tuesday from Nevada County, U failed to capture the needed 55 percent majority, winning in Nevada 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent and falling in Placer County 51.24 percent to 48.76 percent.

The bond called for new classrooms to be built in a new wing at Truckee High School to replace portable classrooms, infrastructural improvements at both Truckee High School and Truckee Elementary to reduce snow loading problems and funding for impovements to Truckee High’s vocational arts programs.

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Superintendent Steve Jennings was unavailable to comment on this story Tuesday.

Alison Elder, chair of the Measure U campaign, said education still appears to be a priority for Truckee voters.

“With this high vote turnout, we have to think positively that we still have a majority of voters who support the growth of this school district,” Elder said.

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The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board will have two new members in the oncoming term. Lisa Mohun defeated Nancy Gisko for the Area 4 seat, while Kirsten Livak defeated incumbent Monty Folsom.

Each will serve their first terms on the board.

In a previous interview with the Sun, Jennings said he would be working with the new board members to get them up-to-speed on all board business and helping to educate the two on how the school board works.

The next scheduled board meeting is planned for Dec. 10.