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$30.48 million Round Lake-Brewster referendum fails by 7 votes

The school had planned to demolish its 1914 building, its 1938 building and part of its 1961 buildings, and build a new addition.

This image was presented as part of a slide during two public meetings regarding the proposed $30.48 million Round Lake-Brewster School building addition.
This image was presented as part of a slide during two public meetings regarding the proposed $30.48 million Round Lake-Brewster School building addition.
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BREWSTER — The $30.48 million Round Lake-Brewster Public Schools referendum failed to pass Tuesday by just seven votes, 219-212.

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"Unfortunately, we came out just a little too short," said Superintendent Ray Hassing.

The school had planned to demolish its 1914 building, its 1938 building and part of its 1961 buildings, and build a new addition. An existing cafeteria would have been remade into two classrooms.

The construction portion of the project would have included 20 modern classrooms, a media center, a shop classroom, dedicated music, art and science classrooms as well as a gymnasium.

Hassing said that the Round Lake-Brewster School Board will consider what to do next at its next board meeting on Monday, Aug. 15.

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The ballot question read as follows:

Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 2907 (Round Lake-Brewster Public Schools) be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $30,480,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of a building addition at the existing school site; the demolition of portions of the existing school facility; and the completion of various building renovations and deferred maintenance projects at school sites and facilities? BY VOTING "YES" ON THIS BALLOT QUESTION, YOU ARE VOTING FOR A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE.

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