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Crosby-Ironton referendum vote is Tuesday

The $29.56 million referendum asks for funds to update facilities at both Cuyuna Range Elementary School and Crosby-Ironton High School.

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Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, for the Crosby-Ironton School District referendum.

Voters in the district will have until 8 p.m. to cast their ballots at Crosby City Hall, Deerwood Town Hall, Emily City Hall and Mission Town Hall, depending on place of residence. Residents can find their polling place at pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us .

The $29.56 million referendum asks for funds to update facilities at both Cuyuna Range Elementary School and Crosby-Ironton High School.

The elementary school will see renovations to the third through sixth grade classrooms, reconfiguration of the performing arts center and the parent drop-off area outside, and updates to the media center. When the school was built in 1988, classrooms were constructed without doors for an open concept style, which teachers now find outdated and disruptive. Doors and hallways were recently added to the kindergarten, first and second grade rooms. A successful referendum would create the ability to do the same with the older grades.

Though a new portion of the high school was finished in 2005, other areas of the building date back to the 1930s, ‘50s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

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Plans for upgrades at the high school include a collaborative space for students to work together on projects; a major renovation of the library, which doesn’t get used much in its current state; and major updates to the career and technical education areas, as equipment in the woodworking, metals and automotive shops date back to the 1970s and ‘80s.

If the referendum passes, property taxes will remain unchanged for many residents and will increase a small amount for other residents and many business owners. The minimal tax change is due to taxpayers still paying off the 2002 bond referendum, in which voters approved funds over 20 years to build the new portion of the high school. The remaining debt from that measure -- which expires in 2023 -- would be refinanced and absorbed into the new referendum, keeping property tax rates relatively consistent.

A tax impact calculator and other property tax information is available at www.ehlers-inc.com/microsite/crosbyironton2019 .

For more information on the referendum, visit www.ci.k12.mn.us/referendum or contact Superintendent Jamie Skjeveland at 218-545-8800 or jskjeveland@ci.k12.mn.us .

Related Topics: EDUCATIONCROSBY-IRONTON
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