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Published October 08, 2013, 10:19 PM

Hawley school district urges voters to pass multi-million dollar building bond

Hawley, MN (WDAY TV) - Hawley School District Officials are asking the community to vote yes on a special ballot come November.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Hawley, MN (WDAY TV) - Hawley School District Officials are asking the community to vote yes on a special ballot come November.

A proposed multi-million dollar building bond for the elementary and high schools would give the district more money, and ultimately more space.

This year Hawley Elementary has the most students ever, forcing staff to try to come up with more space, like this storage room that's now used for band lessons.

Right now the schools are at capacity

Dylan Olson, Junior: “With all the people around it's just really congested.”

And concerned leaders want to make sure there's room for Hawley's leaders of tomorrow.

Phil Jensen, Hawley Superintendent: “We do not have any additional rooms and it's just our enrollment projections tell us we're going to continue to grow.”

They're asking voters to approve an 11.6 million dollar building bond, and to extend the current operating levy - All to pay for classrooms and learning space.

Carly Ulven, Senior: “Especially in the elementary school, I’m an elementary aid over there so, they're using storage places for classrooms and it's really tough.”

Jensen: “At the elementary we will be adding six additional classrooms off of our west side.”

And three at the high school.

Dylan Olson: “Hallways have been more crowded and especially for lunch, there have been not as many seats.”

And Jensen says because of changes in state funding and the district's growth, the price people will pay in taxes will actually be less than they're paying now.

Jensen: “So we can do the building project without any additional tax impact.”

Jensen says someone living in a $100-thousand home will save about 19 dollars a year if both pass.

Voters will head to polls at the High School on November 5.

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