Future referendum to be discussed
By Jennifer Kotila
HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN Both questions placed before voters of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Public Schools, Independent School District 2687 in a special election May 23 failed to pass.
With a turnout of 1,394 voters, or 27 percent of those in the district eligible to vote, special election ballot question 1 failed with 496 “yes” votes, and 897 “no” votes. Ballot question 2 failed with 483 “yes” votes and 908 “no” votes.
The questions on the ballot asked voters to approve two projects for improvement of school facilities at a total cost of $25,610,000.
The first question on the ballot asked voters to authorize the district to issue $19,790,000 in general obligation school building bonds for construction of a new middle school, and partial demolition and repair to the existing middle school.
If the first question were approved, the second question asked voters to authorize the district to issue $5,820,000 in general obligation school building bonds for renovation and additions to Humphrey Winsted elementary schools.
HLWW School Board canvassed the results of the election in a special meeting Tuesday.
Other items added to the agenda following the failed referendum were discussion of a future building referendum and discussion of district office staffing.
However, having met immediately before the school board meeting, the budget committee and the building committee were not yet prepared to bring those topics before the whole board for discussion at that time, School Board Chair Dan Schaible informed the rest of the board.
He also informed them that hiring a construction manager for building a new middle school, demolishing a portion of the current middle school, and remodeling and additions at the elementary schools will still move forward.
The three construction management companies from which the board has heard presentations, R.A. Morton, Hasslan Construction, and Krause-Anderson, will return to HLWW June 7 for second interviews with the budget committee.
This meeting will allow the companies to answer any remaining questions the board might have, Schaible said.
“No matter how you look at it, we still have a lot of work to do. We have the same needs today as before the election,” Schaible said.
The next meeting of the school board will take place Monday, June 10, and items on the agenda at this time include a legislative update from Superintendent Brad Sellner, discussion of phases two and three of the preliminary 2013-14 budget, and a future building referendum.