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Referendum moves forward in Luverne school district

WORTHINGTON -- In addition to Tuesday's District 518 contested Board of Education race, patrons of four other school districts in The Globe coverage area also went to the polls Tuesday to vote on referendums and board of education seats.

WORTHINGTON - In addition to Tuesday’s District 518 contested Board of Education race, patrons of four other school districts in The Globe coverage area also went to the polls Tuesday to vote on referendums and board of education seats.

 

Luverne: ISD 2184

Voters in District 2184 in the Luverne area approved a $16 million bond referendum that will allow the district to make additions and renovations to school facilities. Expected improvements will include security enhancements, middle/high school pickup/drop-off reconfiguration, updates to older labs and classrooms and becoming Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.

Of Tuesday’s voter turnout, 1,068 voters (76.83 percent) voted in favor of the referendum while 322 (23.17 percent) voted against it.

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Voters also gave the nod to construct a $7 million performing arts center on the school campus. The performing arts center will feature 700 to 800 person seating to facilitate for various school and community activities, community education and after-school care. Of Tuesday’s voter turnout, 829 voters (59.47 percent) voted in favor of the performing arts center while 565 (40.53 percent) voted against it.

Other area school districts

  • Voters in the Pipestone Area School District 2689 were considering renewal of its existing referendum revenue authorization of $474.26 per pupil, bringing the total of per pupil costs to $1,198.26 when combined with an allotment not required by voter approval. Voters were also asked to consider a $250 per pupil increase. Results were not available by press time Tuesday night.

 
Approval of the increase would allow the district to be able to fund a social worker position and enhance programs such as pre-school, career and technical programming and technology integration.

 

The $1,448.26 operating levy would be in effect for 10 years. If voters answered “no” to both questions, the school would lose $591,307.37, which would lead to fewer programs and larger class sizes, according to superintendent Kevin Enerson.

 

  • Voters in Westbrook-Walnut Grove District 2898 were asked whether or not to revoke the district’s existing referendum revenue authorization and increase it to $990 per pupil. That would bring per-pupil costs to $1,750 when combined with allotments not required by voter approval. Those results were also not available late Tuesday,

Prior to Tuesday’s election, the district’s referendum revenue authorization was equal to $760 per pupil.
 

  • After Tuesday’s contested Mountain Lake Area District 173 Board of Education race, voters selected three candidates to four-year terms. Dave Bucklin, Matt Gohr, Carolyn Karschnik and Audi Nicel were seeking the three spots.

 
The three-person board is currently occupied by Gohr, Tim Swoboda and Doug Standerwick. Those results were also unavailable.

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Be sure to check dglobe.com on Wednesday for updates on each of these elections.

 

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