Owatonna School District voters rejected the May 14, 2019 referendum
49.47% yes (5642 votes) to 50.52% no (5762 votes). 


The failed request means the school district will not receive funding for a new high school.

Voter rejection of the $116 building bond means that plans to build a new high school on a new site will not take place. With the building bond rejection also comes:

  • $22 million plus in-kind donations from local businesses may not be given in the future

  • Construction costs continue to climb at 4-6.5% annually

  • Students will continue to learn on outdated industrial and agricultural equipment that do not reflect current trends in the areas of manufacturing, engineering and ag science

  • Career Pathways initiative, which ensures students are college, career and life ready will not be fully implemented

  • Lack of parking and pick-up/drop-off space will remain a safety concern for staff, students and visitors

  • Ongoing high school maintenance projects will impact District budget
     

The School Board and district administration will discuss ways to determine why the community was not supportive of the request, especially given the extensive planning process and work of the Community Task Force on Facilities that resulted in the ballot question.

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Ward & Precinct Yes No Total Votes
W1 - P1 474 457 931
W1 - P2 761 544 1305
W2 - P1 295 477 772
W2 - P2 1064 479 1543
W3 - P1 194 288 482
W3 - P2 313 379 692
W4 - P1 506 482 988
W4 - P2 548 548 1096
W5 - P1 579 409 988
W5 - P2 452 422 874
Clinton Falls 456 1277 1733
 
Totals 5642 5762 11404