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Menahga School's building project goes to vote Tuesday, April 13

Menahga's classes are tight quarters. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on a referendum to expand the Menahga School.

Menahga School officials have scaled down the building project by about $3 million.

This time the project is scaled down by about $3 million. An $8.5 million referendum was voted down in November by about 56 percent of voters.

After several meetings and feedback from the public, the proposed total project is $5.5 million.

The special election ballot will include two questions.

The first question on the April 13 ballot will ask voters to authorize the school district to issue general obligation school building bonds for $4.95 million. This includes construction and equipping of five elementary classrooms, a gymnasium, women's and men's locker rooms, a concession and foyer area, bathrooms, a training room and referee facility, kitchen and gym storage and the remodeling of the agricultural shop to include a weight room.

The second question on the ballot will ask voters to authorize the school district to issue an additional $560,000 in bonds, which includes the construction and equipping of two high school classrooms, one high school science lab and the remodeling of existing high school science classrooms to create three elementary classrooms.

A common concern after the first vote was that citizens weren't informed well enough. Over the last few weeks citizens have been invited to tour the school to see where building expansion would take place. Also, public informational meetings have been held.

If voters approve the referendum construction would tentatively begin in July 2010 and be completed in August 2011.

The annual tax increase for question one ($4.95 million) is $81 per year for a $100,000 home. If question two is added for the entire $5.5 million project, the increase is $93 per year for a $100,000 home.

Absentee ballot applications are available at the Menahga School district office. Call 564-4141 ext. 330 or stop between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Monday, April 12 until 5 p.m.

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