Next week will decide the fate of the Detroit Lakes school district's most expensive expansion projectDetroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - Voters in Detroit Lakes will head to the polls early next week to decide the fate of the school district's most expensive expansion project.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - Voters in Detroit Lakes will head to the polls early next week to decide the fate of the school district's most expensive expansion project.
Today- people in town say they are split on the $59,000,000 dollar bond referendum.
The school district in Detroit Lakes may see big change that comes with an even bigger price tag.
$59,000,000 to fix the old and start new.
Students in Detroit Lakes are hoping for winning combinations come Tuesday.
Christopher Mohr/7th Grader: "Sounds like a pretty good idea"
The problem is these crowded kids, aren't the ones voting.
Kari Tschider/Voting Yes: "I think it's time for it."
Robin Jordan, Voting Yes: "Education is very important"
They say the district's growth has sparked growing pains but on the flip side, not everyone is feeling them.
Voting No: "No"
Doug Froke/Superintendent: "We talk about that fact that all 2,800 kids are going to be touched by this project"
That's because the referendum calls for improvements at each school, stacking up at every level.
Mohr: "All the floors in the gym are slippery; classes are up to 90 kids and up."
If the referendum does pass, most of the money would come all the way out here, to pay for a new 37-million dollar elementary school, sitting just beyond this marsh.
Froke: "There's no question we're asking a lot, it's a big project"
Tschider: "It's a huge sum but if it's broken down between all the families, we're investing in our future."
The new site and school upgrades would come from tax increases.
Voting No: "I'm a widow, I live on social security, they had an increase last time of another 400 dollars, and this one will be 800 dollars."
Tschider: "Build a new school and start our young people off on the right foot"
And since these students don't have the legal grounds for voting, yet
Jordan: "It's worth it, the kids are worth it."
They're asking people at the polls to seal the deal.
The $59,000,000 bond referendum vote is November 5th.
A family living in a $200,000 dollar home will pay about 340 dollars more in taxes each year.