All school districts across The Globe coverage area received voter approval for its various project requests.

Jackson County Central

The Jackson County Central school district received voter approval Tuesday to replace its middle school in Lakefield, make facility repairs and curriculum enhancements.

Voters approved the district’s $35.4 million bond request by an unofficial 1,116 YES to 697 NO vote. Voter turnout was 40% of 4,513 registered voters. The Jackson County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office reported processing 159 absentee/early ballots.

Approval means the district will build a new grades 6-8 middle school onto Pleasantview Elementary in Lakefield.

High-priority repairs and maintenance of district-wide JCC facilities identified in a facilities assessment will also be funded. Repairs include air quality improvements, as well as meeting Americans with Disabilities Act requirements at all buildings.

JCC Superintendent Barry Schmidt said approval will also enhance career pathways opportunities and course offerings.

Adrian

Voters responded positively to Independent School District 511’s per pupil levy requests.

Question 1, to renew the existing per pupil operating referendum of $379.26, passed 324-63. Question 2, for an additional $483 in per pupil operating referendum revenue, passed 276 to 106. Question 2 did not replace the $379.26; it is in addition to it.

Voter turnout was just over 30% of 1,230 registered voters. The Nobles County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office reported processing 13 absentee/early ballots as of late Tuesday morning.

Approval of the per pupil increase is estimated to result in $277,665 additional annual revenue for the district, which is currently just barely breaking even when comparing student revenue with its expenditure.

Some of the district’s financial challenges are reportedly caused by the loss of about 100 students over the past decade.

The additional funds approved by the operating levy is expected to help the district continue its existing programs, ensure a solid curriculum and access to technology and avoid staff reductions.

The operating referendum will be in effect for 10 years unless the district requests and voters approve revoking and increasing it sooner.

Formerly an interim member, Chad Wieneke received 335 to be elected to a full term on the Adrian Board of Education.

Ellsworth

To help cover educational costs reportedly underfunded by the state, residents of Ellsworth’s school district approved the district’s request to increase its per pupil operating levy.

Voters approved increasing the district’s per pupil authorization to $1,779.50 by a 165 YES to 34 NO vote. Voter turnout was about 38% of 527 registered voters.

The Nobles County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office reported processing 28 absentee/early ballots as of late Tuesday morning.

The increase is expected to generate approximately $97,000 in annual revenue for the district, which has reported experiencing lost state aid due to declining student enrollment.

The increase replaces the district’s former $1,121 per pupil authorization, which voters approved in 2013.

The operating referendum will be in effect for 10 years unless the district requests and voters approve revoking and increasing it sooner.

Murray County Central

Residents of Murray County Central overwhelmingly approved the district’s request to renew its per pupil operating authorization.

By a vote of 409 YES to 41 NO, residents approved a 10-year renewal of the district’s $625.69 per pupil operating referendum.

Voter turnout was at just 16% of 2,894 registered voters. The MCC district reported processing just over 40 absentee/early ballots as of late Tuesday morning.

The renewal was requested to help cover educational costs not funded by the state and to avoid drastic budget cuts.