September 3, 2007

School district hits slight roadblock, but referendum should still proceed as planned

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

Delano School District ran into a slight roadblock in its plans to call for its referendum last Tuesday, but Superintendent Dr. John Sweet is confident everything will still be in place to hit the ballot this fall.

Sweet said the school district found the cost estimates for the city’s water, sewer, and electrical connections were too low, which means the board had to recaluclate the bond amount.

Because of this, the district has asked for an amendment on its review and comment from the Minnesota Department of Education, which needs to be approved before the school board can call for the election, Sweet said.

In reviewing the numbers, Sweet said it’s safe to say there will be no change in the proposed tax impact.

A special school board meeting was set for Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 4:30 p.m. for the board to vote on the resolution calling for the election and setting its date as Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Sweet said the district has until Friday, Sept. 14 to pass its resolution, but said its important to get the election called soon and begin informing the public.

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