After 18 years on the O'Fallon School District 90 school board, John Coers, the board president, has been voted out.
With all the unofficial results from Tuesday's election in, Coers received 3,103 votes, which was not enough to retain his seat.
Incumbent Steven Springer retained his seat with 4,000 votes, and three newcomers will join the board: John Wagnon, who received 4,287 votes; Todd Roach, who received 4,739 votes; and Chris Pulcher, who received 3,848 votes.
Springer, Wagnon, Roach and Pulcher will all serve four-year terms.
In addition, District 90 voters firmly rejected a property tax increase Tuesday. The vote was 4,512 no votes and 2,476 yes votes.
The district was asking voters for a 49-cent increase, which would have brought the education fund rate from $1.40 to $1.89.
Citizens Against District 90 Tax Increases, a group that organized the effort to defeat the referendum, released the following statement from Chair John Hughes, "the citizens of O'Fallon sent a message of fiscal responsibility. Raising property taxes is not the solution. We need our elected officials to work together with the community, educators and parents to solve our financial problems."
With the referendum defeated, District 90 Superintendent Todd Koehl said the district will now move forward with its cost reduction plan, which includes eliminating extracurricular activities, cutting elective classes and laying off certified and non-certified personnel.
All election results are unofficial and will be certified later this month.
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