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Menahga School works to meet handicapped accessibility codes

The Menahga School Board continues to grapple with handicapped accessibility requirements.

Superintendent Mary Klamm proposed some options Monday at the monthly meeting that would bring the school into Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. The school is out of compliance with locker rooms and the weight room in the basement.

Klamm proposed using two levy funding options for an addition and remodel of the school.

The first funding option is to use $300,000 through a Disabled Access Revenue Levy. The second option is to maximize the school's Lease Levy. A figure of $1 million was mentioned at the board meeting, however Klamm suggested the board approve maximizing the levy rather than putting a number on it.

"We, as a board, have looked at ADA issues for a while," said board chairman Durwin Tomperi. "... Tonight we're setting the table to look into the proposals."

The board approved the funding options, noting that the state needs to know by Sept. 30 if there is a possibility the district would be using levy funding. The funding can be pulled later if, after more research, the board decides this isn't the right option to fix the ADA compliance issues.

A proposed building project went to voters in August but fell short of the needed number of votes. That project would have solved the ADA compliance issues, along with several space needs identified by the school district.

A rough plan that would utilize the Disabled Access Revenue Levy and Lease Levy would include fixing the locker rooms and weight rooms, along with adding a multi-purpose room.

Klamm said she will schedule public meetings as more information is gathered.

The school board also approved the 2010 payable 2011 property tax levy at a 6.03 percent increase from last year.

The proposed levy is $871,898.15 compared to $822,345.05 in 2009. The 6.03 percent increase is the maximum proposed levy allowed by the state.

The final levy will be adopted during the Dec. 20 board meeting.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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