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PAS voters approve new elementary, security improvements

The Pipestone Area Schools district posted this to its Facebook page following Tuesday's referendum. (Pipestone Area Schools)

PIPESTONE — Pipestone will be getting a new elementary school and security improvements to the middle and high schools.

On Tuesday, Pipestone Area School District residents approved a $26.8 million pre-kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school by a vote of 1,317 to 429, or a 75% approval rating. Likewise, 1,240 residents voted in favor of $930,000 in safety and security improvements compared to the 500 residents that were opposed — an approval rating of 71%.

Both Brown and Hill elementary schools are planned to be decommissioned.

According to PAS Superintendent Kevin Enerson, the district will put together a timeline moving forward in the next couple of weeks. Bonds are expected to be sold this summer and bids are scheduled for sometime around December. Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2020 for occupancy in fall 2021.

According to the district’s website, the safety and security improvements include a new entrance and access points to increase student safety.

Enerson posted a tweet on Twitter expressing gratitude to the district’s voters.

“This district is taking care of its children,” he tweeted.