Storm Lake District Leaders Raise Concerns About Upcoming Early Elementary Bond Vote

Information was mailed out this week to Storm Lake Community School District residents regarding the upcoming bond vote for the 2nd phase of the Early Elementary Building.

The next phase of the Early Elementary would add a 1st grade wing to the school. Even though property taxes would NOT be affected if the bond passes, District Chief Operating Officer Jeff Tollefson is concerned that not much is being said about the bond issue, and the biggest challenge is getting people to go to the polls…(audio clip below :32 )

Board President Dave Skibsted said the district needs those that are in favor of the 2nd phase to cast their ballots…(audio clip below :13 )

Skibsted and Tollefson spoke during this week’s school board meeting.

Tollefson said the district plans to send out more information and reminders about the bond issue once it gets closer to the September 13th voting date. Absentee ballots can be obtained from August 24th through the 29th. A super majority of 60-percent in favor is needed for the bond issue to pass.

The bond for the 2nd phase of the Early Elementary Project would run through the year 2043, unless interest rates change. The bond for the 1st phase goes through 2040.

If the 2nd phase passes, the district would be able to do a 3rd phase of the project and add a pre-K wing to the Early Elementary. The 3rd phase would NOT require a bond vote.

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