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January 4, 2013

Two school projects up for vote

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About $3 million will be used for such work as installing new athletic fields and track at the high school. About 60 percent of students in grades seven through 12 use the fields, but drainage issues make it difficult to use them in the spring and the conditions are worse in the fall, Superintendent Bill Christiansen said. Until the fields can be replaced, students and parents are forced to travel to other locations. Sidewalk and safety issues will also be addressed.

Another $2.1 million will be used to reduce the number of boilers and provide a more energy-efficient system that can be converted to natural gas, instead of only oil, Christiansen said. The current boilers are 50-60 years old. Instead of spending money to maintain them, which is not reimbursed by state aid, it makes economic sense to replace them, he said.

The second proposition would set up a $1.5 million capital reserve fund that could be used for infrastructure upgrades while minimizing the impact on taxpayers, according to the newsletter.

This has no impact on taxes, instead the money would come from such areas as budget savings and unappropriated balances in the general fund, he said. Voters would need to approve spending the money on any projects.

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