Worthington school referendums fail

Both ballot questions failed Tuesday during a referendum vote for Independent School District 518 in Worthington.

The first question addressed a building bond referendum for $38.9 million to build a new intermediate school for grades 3, 4, 5, an addition of approximately 56,000 square feet to the high school and some other remodeling. It failed with 965 yer votes and 1,756 no votes.

The second question also failed, with 1,457 no votes and 1,261 yes votes. It asked voters to revoke the last year of a current $1,000 per pupil excess operating referendum and begin a new referendum of the same amount for 10 years.

According to previous remarks by Superintendent John Laandgaard, the building bond referendum will come back in future elections with little or no change and will likely cost more due to increased interest rates and construction costs.

District 518 is one of very few rural school districts in Minnesota experiencing a steady increase in student enrollment each year.

Tune in to AM 730 KWOA, US95 and 93.5 Rock It FM Wednesday around 7 a.m. to hear reaction from Landgaard.

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