Moose Lake voters to decide on $34.7 million dollar new school

By KBJR News 1

August 18, 2014 Updated Aug 18, 2014 at 7:05 PM CDT

Moose Lake, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- For the Moose Lake School District...

"Our School is about 80 years old now, at least the oldest portion is, we have a lot of infrastructure issues," said Moose Lake Superintendent Bob Indihar.

It's another chance at a new school. Voters will decide in November on a referendum to build a proposed new 34 point 7 million dollar facility. The 20-12 flood took a major toll on the Moose Lake School. Because of that, the district was awarded a 34 point 7 million dollar bond from this year's legislature.

"For the twenty year life of the bond, the state will be paying the 60 percent and our citizens will be paying the forty percent," said Indihar.

That leaves taxpayers to fund $14.4 million of the cost. Officials say the new facility will not only keep the school dry but improve safety for students and visitors.

"We have 13 entrances into this building, the new building will have one entrance. It will make it more handicapped accessible. If you try to get into this building, there's stairs everywhere so, if you are in a wheelchair that's an issue," said Indihar.

If approved, construction on the new building could start in April of 20-15. Boldt Construction out of Cloquet has been chosen as the construction manager to oversee the project.

"We're gonna be part of the checks and balances with the architect. We're gonna be watching them, making sure as they design it, it's done smartly, it's constructable, that it's done for that budget. So it's about earning their trust going forward at this point and then once it goes into construction, it's about delivering on our promises that it's gonna be a good, quality building that will last them for 50 plus years," said Kirk Ilienda, with Boldt Construction.

If all goes as planned, the new school should be ready for the 2016/ 2017 School year.

This will be the fifth time the referendum has been on the ballots for a November election... It's been voted down each time.

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