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Menahga School building referendum fails

Menahga School District residents voted against a proposed $29.8 million bond referendum.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. on May 9.

According to unofficial results, there were 906 “no” votes and 730 in favor.

As a result, voters also rejected a second question: A $5 million bond that would purchase necessary equipment for robotics, milling, welding and medical office tech labs at Menahga High School, along with road construction and stormwater management associated with a new addition.

The Menahga School Board will convene on Monday, May 15 to canvass the results and consider its next steps.

Based on current demographics and enrollment projections, Menahga ranks as the 12th fastest growing school district among the Minnesota’s 321 school districts. There is currently inadequate educational space.

Four previous bond referendums have failed in the district. The first one, a $8.5 million bond, failed in 2009. Two bond requests in 2010 failed by very narrow margins – 49.9 percent “for” and 50.1 percent “against.” Another bond referendum, at $15.7 million, failed 792 to 755 in November 2014.

For community reaction and more in-depth coverage of the results, read the May 13 edition of the Enterprise.

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