Senior staff writer
Voters decisively supported $10.2 million for improvements and operations for Beech Grove Schools, while Perry Township voters were almost evenly divided but supported expenditures of $53 million to help eliminate classroom trailers.
Beech Grove voters OK’d two referendums by a 76 percent majority. The construction referendum provides heating and cooling improvements at Beech Grove High School and Middle School, South Grove Intermediate and Hornet Park Elementary plus building a new band room at the high school, expanded choir facilities and renovation of the Mike McMorrow Auditorium.
“We are honored and humbled by the support of the Beech Grove community,” said Beech Grove Superintendent Paul Kaiser, who added that the heating and cooling work would begin with the start of summer vacation; improvements of areas for performing arts would start in late fall or early spring.
The transportation referendum simply extended a tax rate of 35 cents per $100 of assessed property value that was approved in a previous referendum.
In Perry Township, nearly 54 percent of the voters approved a $50 million tax hike to build 89 new classrooms, including four kindergarten centers, and $3 million to offset transportation costs for the next seven years.
The drive for yes votes focused on getting rid of trailer classrooms at elementary schools and making provisions for student safety and school security.
Most of the contested municipal races in the primary took place in Greenwood.
Republican Clerk Jeannine Myers was re-elected to serve a fifth term by a 55.5 percent plurality over Nick Schwab in his first municipal primary effort. GOP incumbent at-large City Councilors Brent Corey and Mike Campbell were re-elected, and newcomer Chuck Landon, a Downtown Greenwood redevelopment advocate, was elected.
In Beech Grove, former Councilor Bud Templin and retired firefighter James Brooks won the Democratic nod over Jimmy Blice as at-large candidates.
In the Southport GOP primary, Clerk-Treasurer Diana Bossingham defeated first-time candidate Shar Hostetler 137-103, and Kenny Winslow handily defeated appointed incumbent Billy McKinney in a District 2 race.
Voters selected Indianapolis mayoral candidates by showing their favoritism for former U.S. attorney for the Indiana’s Southern District, Joe Hogsett, by an 89 percent plurality against Larry Vaughn in the Democratic election, and GOP slated candidate Chuck Brewer, who resides in Perry Township, overwhelmingly defeated four candidates by receiving 76 percent of the 17,383 votes cast.
Mayor Greg Ballard did not seek re-election.