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Committee to consider asking for third Menahga School bond referendum

A Menahga School building advisory committee will be looking at calling for a third school bond election by Aug. 10 to take advantage of 0 percent financing.

A committee with Superintendent Mary Klamm, school board members Durwin Tomperi, Curtis Hasbargen, Brad Goehrig and citizens invited by those members met Thursday to establish ground rules and goals.

The committee has a goal to advise the Menahga School Board on whether they should call for a school bond election in time to take advantage of the Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) allocation from the Minnesota Department of Education. To qualify, a referendum would need to be passed by early September.

The latest referendum failed with 549 yes votes and 586 no votes. The project was scaled down by about $3 million. In November, an $8.5 million referendum failed by 56 percent of the vote.

The most cost effective way to hold another election would be to ask for the referendum on the Aug. 10 primary, Klamm said. That means the school board must approve the call for the election at the May 24 meeting.

That doesn't leave much time for the committee to make a decision and recommendation to the board.

In order to hold another election, the project must be changed by at least 5 percent, or at least $297,000 less or $330,600 more than the last project.

The committee will meet again at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5.

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