Updated February 10, 8:00 a.m.
Red Rock Central School District Bond Referendum is Not Approved
Bond Referendum - Q1
Yes - 50.15% - 651
No - 49.76% - 646
Bond Referendum - Q2
Yes - 47.30% - 614
No - 52.47% - 681
Bond Referendum - Q3
Yes - 45.92% - 596
No - 53.85% -699
We are disappointed that the Red Rock Central School District community voted against the bond referendum during the February 9 special election with Question 1 receiving the majority of votes but not meeting the requirement for 60% approval. We will continue to face challenges in a facility that is far past its prime and that doesn’t meet codes or today’s learning standards. A new school was recommended by the community task force and the only way to achieve that is through passage of a bond referendum, which means we will have to pursue another referendum in the future.
Watch the new Referendum Video
Download the February 9, 2021 Referendum Guide
A message from School Board Chairman Bill Rogotzke
Dear Parents and Community Members:
The people of Lamberton, Sanborn, Storden, and Jeffers are a passionate group and we at Red Rock Central are so proud to be able to serve students from these communities. Our November building bond ballot question was not approved despite receiving 52% of the vote. After the election we heard from many people who told us to fix the plan, and bring it back as soon as possible.
The board decided to move forward with a new plan as soon as the state will allow it. The Red Rock Central School Board will ask voters to consider a new bond referendum proposal on Feb. 9, 2021 to build a new preK-12 school. We made adjustments to the plan, we worked hand-in-hand with the Minnesota Department of Education, and we expected that the February referendum would require a simple majority of anything over 50%. Despite our efforts, the state has again given our project an unfavorable review. (updated Jan. 15)
The new proposal includes three questions:
Question 1: A 118,700 square foot pre-K-12 school.
Question 2: A wrestling room and gymnasium learning space.
Question 3: Decommission and demolish the existing school.
Our building provides us with a number of challenges. It doesn’t meet ADA requirements, provide safety and security, or meet the needs of today's teaching and learning environment.
An operating levy reduction was approved by more than 60% of voters during the November 2020 election, which will lower taxes for all properties in our district.
At the end of the day, our role is to provide a great education to our students, and we have done very well even though our current building holds us back. Our kids will have an even better opportunity for quality education with a new building and we’ll save operations costs on maintenance.
This website provides updates on the plan and a look into our needs.
If you have questions, please contact Superintendent Todd Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 507-752-7361.
Bill Rogotzke, Chair, Red Rock Central School Board
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