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Pipestone Area Schools recounts recent election

PIPESTONE — Despite a recount, the outcome of the Pipestone Area School District’s recent referendum did not change.

According to District 2689 Superintendent Kevin Enerson, a recount on whether or not to allow the school to increase its per-pupil operating levy was requested by an eligible voter. The recount took place at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The request to increase the per-pupil operating levy by $250 was rejected by a recount vote of 714 to 713. The original tally showed a rejection by a vote of 712 to 711.

The school’s per-pupil operating levy will remain at $1,198.26 per-pupil.

The district was seeking an increase in its per-pupil operating levy in order to help fund a second social worker, police resource officers, and career and technical programs, as well as provide preschool to all 4-year-olds in the district.

After the Nov. 7 election, Enerson said, despite the increase being rejected, the board of education will likely continue to pursue those student supports when it begins its budget process in January.

“I think a lot of those things are priorities, so we have to see what makes sense and what we want to do with our education program,” he said.