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Why Now?
We won, but we also lost in November. The operating levy reduction was approved by voters and 52% of voters supported the new building question. Unfortunately, a technicality required a 60% rate of support. The needs haven’t changed - our old school is still old and does not meet the needs of our students. A new, 3-question referendum will be held Feb. 9, 2021.

Our current facility challenges are significant. The oldest part of our school building was built in 1915 – before World War I. That’s over 105 years ago. With the average age of all sections of our school coming in at 76 years, we are well beyond the 41-year state average according to MDE. The age of our building is important because its inefficient design limits not only instruction, accessibility, and security, but also our ability to attract and retain students and employees.

The Needs are Great

Accessibility Challenges
Our school does not meet Americans with Disability Act (ADA) codes. There is no elevator so disabled students and visitors have limited access.

Safety and Security Deficiencies 
There are too many unsecured areas. No automated lockdown notification system exists in the event of a school crisis and there are far too many unsecured access points.

Aging Building 
Our building is old and requires significant investments.
Major infrastructure deficiencies exist with windows, electrical, the building envelope, mechanical, plumbing, and interior finishes. The building would require extensive updates to prevent further deterioration and meet current building codes.

Educational Limitations
Our building was not designed to deliver education for the way kids learn today.
Inadequate space or lack of usable space is a challenge that impacts our children’s learning. A detailed list is available here. 


The Time is Right

  • The Ag2School credit for farmers increased this year. When first enacted, this law gave farmers a 40% tax credit. The credit will be 60% in 2022, and 70% in 2023. This is permanent law.
  • Local taxpayers would pay only 41% of the project. The state of Minnesota will pay approximately 59% of the cost of the project. This is because the state pays for the share that would have been paid for by property taxes on agricultural property that is avoided due to the farm tax credit. 
  • In 2020, voters approved renewal of a reduced operating levy which saves taxpayers money. The owner of an average value $75,000 home will see taxes decrease by $84 in 2021.
  • The district is debt-free AND interest rates are favorable.
  • Our needs will not go away while the cost of construction is ever increasing.
  • Operational and maintenance costs will only continue to go up for an aging building.