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La Crescent schools turn to referendum

La Crescent, MN – (WXOW) – The La Crescent community is looking at possible referendums for their school district, this time to help with aging buildings and infrastructure.

On April 9, voters will be considering two questions.  The first requests $23.6 million that would include a rebuild of a portion of the current elementary school and fix the infrastructure.  The middle and high school buildings would also receive improvements to science labs and security.

The second question requests $5.6 million which would address fixing deferred maintenance and facility improvements.  Those areas would include parts of the athletic facility, the cafeteria and commons.  If both questions were to be approved, the district estimates the tax increase on a $200,000 home would be $27 per month.

“Really, it’s safety in the school.  We have aging facilities.  For certain, infrastructure, heating, water, sewage, all of those things.  These are breaking down and failing in the elementary school and we have some of this happening in the secondary building,” said Superintendent Kevin Cardille.

The last updates to the elementary school were back in 1988.

The community is invited to several upcoming information nights.  The next one scheduled takes place on Saturday, February 9 at the La Crescent Elementary School.

More information, you can visit the district’s website on the referendum.


Roger Staffaroni

Assignment Editor

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