Owatonna School District voters rejected the May 14, 2019 referendum
49% yes (5642 votes) to 50% 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Students will continue to learn on outdated industrial and agricultural equipment that do not reflect current trends in the areas of manufacturing, engineering and ag science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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