Moose Lake School Superintendent Pushes Forward For New Facility

By KBJR News 1

Moose Lake School Superintendent Pushes Forward For New Facility

April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM CDT

Moose Lake, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Moose Lake School officials are working to gather financing to replace the district's current K through 12th grade facility.

A portion of the Moose Lake School is reaching 80 years old and school leaders say a new school is needed to eliminate the increase of maintenance and enhance the student's ability to succeed.

Moose Lake School officials are working to rebuild its future.

The small town's current Kindergarten through 12th grade facility is aging along with not meeting the demands of its students and staff.

A portion of the building is reaching 80 years.

Enhancements have been made to keep up with the student growth but repairs keep piling up and the funds to remedy the concerns are dwindling.

"Our liability insurance company has dropped us. They gave some reasons why they dropped us but one of them was wiring. The other was cement issues and another was multiple doors and dealing with safety," Bob Indihar, the Moose Lake School Superintendent, said.

The school has 13 entrances, which Indihar says is a safety issue.

A bill was recently denied in the Minnesota LEGISLATURE'S House that would have provided 20 million dollars of funding for construction costs...The bill will move to the senate next week.

"In Moose Lake, we have the MSOP—the sex offenders program, we also have a prison. Those are good industries to have in town in general but they do not add to our tax base," Indihar said.

As a result... homeowners are left to pay the bill.

The total price tag for the new facility is 33 million dollars, but the state has already approved seven point two million in debt aid.

A mid year referendum will take place on May 21st for a $33M bonding bill...the community would fund 26 million dollars.

If passed, taxes on a 100 thousand dollar home would increase by 333 dollars.

"It's exciting to think...we could have this brand new facility and kids would be excited about it. Teachers would be excited about it. The community cold be excited about it. The possibilities are endless of what you can do in a state of the art facility. I really think a lot of students would really excel in a new facility," Dane Froidland, Moose Lake School Choir Director.

Nearly 180 acres is owned by the school, which is where the school would be built.

This is out of a flood plane, eliminating the risk of any more future flooding issues.

If you have any questions regarding the funding or May 21st referendum, you can head to our wesite where we've included more information.

Justin Reis, NNC.