Click here to read the November 3, 2015 Press Release
|Bond Referendum 2015 Results
|Ward & Precinct
|W1 - P1
|W1 - P2
|W2 - P1
|W2 - P2
|W3 - P1
|W3 - P2
|W4 - P1
|W4 - P2
|W5 - P1
|W5 - P2
Referendum Informational Video
(to view the video in higher definition full-screen, click here)
After a year of study, a comprehensive analysis by a 36-member Community Task Force on Facilities, a professional community survey and other community input, the Owatonna School Board unanimously decided to ask Owatonna voters to fund these facilities improvements through approval of a $77.9 million bond:
- Address critical deferred maintenance needs at all elementary and junior high schools
- Upgrade school safety and security systems district-wide
- Reduce elementary crowding by building additions on four schools, converting Willow Creek Intermediate to an elementary school and changing to a K-5, 6-8, 9-12 grade configuration by moving 6th graders to the Junior High School
If voters approve the school district’s bond request on November 3, the average homeowner ($150,000 value home) would see a monthly tax increase of approximately $15.
- The last major facilities improvements were done nearly 20 years ago.
- Most of our buildings were designed more than 50 years ago; school security needs have changed dramatically since then.
- Our elementary schools are full; some learning groups are held in closets and hallways.
- The addition of all-day kindergarten reduced available elementary school space.
- The recommended change in grade configuration to K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 aligns with state standards and eliminates one building change for students.
- After much deliberation, the School Board chose not to include a new high school, athletic complex or land purchase in this referendum request. The only work being done to the high school would be safety and security improvements.
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Click on a school name to see what a successful referendum would mean for that site: Lincoln, McKinley, Washington, Wilson, Willow Creek, Junior High School, Senior High School, Roosevelt.
In the Owatonna People's Press