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. A similar question, which required 60% voter approval, was not approved when it received 52.17% approval in November. The February referendum is expected to require a simple majority of anything over 50%.
“The board decided to move forward with a new plan as soon as the state will allow it,” said School Board Chair Bill Rogotzke. “Every day we hear from community members that want to know when we are running a new referendum. We chose the soonest possible opportunity.”
The previous project would have approved a $42.1 million building bond to build a new preK-12 facility in Lamberton. An operating levy reduction was approved by more than 60% of voters. The new proposal includes three questions:
Question 1: A $41.3 million K-12 school.
Question 2: A $2.9 million wrestling room and gymnasium learning space.
Question 3: $1 million to decommission the existing school.
“We are working hard now with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to negotiate a favorable review of our facilities project,” said Todd Lee, Red Rock Central Superintendent. “Some parts of the project could change. We will communicate more about what the project will look like when we are certain we can meet MDE criteria and also meet the needs of our students.”
Red Rock Central’s current facility does not meet ADA requirements and has a number of other deficiencies that impact day-to-day operations, as well as teaching and learning. A new building would address ADA needs, improve safety and security with secure entrances with checkpoints and cameras, eliminate instruction in hallways and the cafeteria, and create a space for student collaboration and project-based learning.
“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,” Rogotzke said. “Our kids will have an even better opportunity for quality education with a new building and we’ll save operations costs on maintenance.”
Details of the new plan will be released soon and the special election will take place on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at a combined polling place for all voters.
More information about the referendum will be shared via direct mail, social media, traditional media, by email and on the district’s website at www.redrockcentral.org