HORNELL, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Hornell City School District's Pre-K Capital Improvement Project was not approved by voters.

The rejection halts a plan to build a nearly $4.5 million addition of five pre-kindergarten classrooms at the North Hornell School. The project timeline called for construction to begin in the spring, and the classrooms to be occupied by students in about a year.

But it was defeated by just 22 votes.

Superintendent Jeremy Palotti was discouraged by the 350-voter turnout, noting that there are about 5,800 registered voters in the district.

The district planned to use New York State Smart Schools Bond Act funding, along with existing Capital Reserve funds, to ensure there would be no impact on the local tax rate.