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Round Lake Brewster district to offer $30.4M referendum to voters in August

The Round Lake Brewster School Board has approved a bond referendum question to be presented to voters on Aug. 9. Community meetings on the referendum were hosted by the district this past Wednesday, as well as on June 8.

The yes-or-no referendum question will ask voters to authorize the district to issue its general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $30,480,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities.

Included as part of the referendum are the decommissioning of the 1914 three-story school building, decommissioning of the 1938 gymnasium building and construction of a 72,000-square-foot addition in three phases. Included in that construction would be the following: 20 modern classrooms; dedicated music, art and science classrooms; a library and media center; a student commons/community gathering space; a gymnasium with a regulation basketball court and bleacher seating; a technical education shop classroom; a kitchen with serving lines; a drive-thru drop-off and pick-up lane; and administrative support spaces.

A power-point presentation prepared by Ehlers Public Finance Advisors was shared during during Wednesday’s community meeting.

Multiple details about the project, including projected tax impacts, are available on the Round Lake Brewster School District website. People may also call district superintendent Ray Hassing at (507) 842-5951 with questions.

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