District Seeking Referendum Approval

District Seeking Referendum Approval Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - The Sauk Rapids-Rice School District will be asking voters to approve a referendum that includes building two new elementary schools and upgrades to athletic facilities.

The board of education voted unanimously approving going out for a $93,185,000 referendum in May.

It includes building a new Pleasantview Elementary School at its current location, building a new elementary school on district owned property and improving security at all schools.

Also included is adding early childhood classrooms at Hillside and Rice Elementary and developing outdoor physical education, athletic and activity spaces at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.

Last May the district asked voters to approve an $87 million facilities referendum, which failed by 332 votes.

The district says it will more actively manage open enrollment to address and regulate the growth of students in their elementary schools.

The district reviewed two community surveys, listened to facility task forces, and gained feedback from last year's referendum.

District officials say they have refined this year's bond request to better reflect the community's needs.

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