The need is clear even if the path to a solution is muddled and a little bit troublesome.

The need is clear even if the path to a solution is muddled and a little bit troublesome.

Grain Valley School District officials went to the voters two months ago for a $3 million bond issue that mostly would pay for the second wing of classrooms at Grain Valley North Middle School. Sixty-five percent of the voters said yes, but that wasn’t enough. State law sets the bar much higher in historically low-turnout elections, such as local elections in February. It needed two-thirds approval.

Having already missed the deadline for April, the district went to court to get on Tuesday’s ballot. The bonds are needed – growing school districts need to keep up with demands for space – but there’s also a need to respect the will of the voters. Local governments court trouble when the voters say no and officials keep asking.

The rejection of the bond issue in February was a bolt out of the blue. It hadn’t happened in Grain Valley in 20 years.

On Tuesday, the bar isn’t as high because April elections tend to have more issues on the ballot and higher turnouts. A four-sevenths majority – 57.1 percent – is needed for approval, so it figures that the district’s chances are good. Let’s hope officials don’t have to consider this a third time.