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Published May 24, 2010, 01:19 PM

LP-A to vote on 21-million dollar referendum

(WDAY TV) - Lake Park-Audubon's superintendent says the school district and communities have an exceptional opportunity waiting for them. Tomorrow, people are voting on a 21-million dollar referendum for a new 7-through 12th grade school and renovated elementary school.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

For the sixth time, the district is trying to pass a levy. This is the 6th attempt to pass a referendum, but this time, the Minnesota Department of education is awarding LP-A 2 federally funded programs, authorizing more than 19-million dollars in interest free bonding.

The superintendent says it would save the district more than 10-million dollars in interest. Opponents say the bond, which raises property taxes on a 100-thousand dollar home almost 150 dollars a year is astronomical and the district should look at remodeling the current school.

"The dilemma that we have is that we're losing kids to open enrollment and some people flat out said that it's because of our facilities. We've had people now that have indicated that they'll contemplate returning with the building bond referendum."

Currently there are about 600 students in the district. If it's approved, the district will get at least 10-million dollars in federal stimulus money for the project. Polls will be open tomorrow from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm At Lake Park High School and the Audubon Elementary School.