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MACCRAY to pursue single campus

MACCRAY School Board members are pursuing a single-campus plan for the school district. The East Elementary in Raymond is shown above. (FILE | TRIBUNE)

CLARA CITY — MACCRAY School Board members decided on a 4-2 vote Monday to once again pursue a one-campus district.

With the vote, board members instructed TSP Architects to develop plans for a preK-12 campus on the current junior and high school site in Clara City. It would involve building an elementary school building as well as adding a 700-seat auditorium to the high school.

A single campus was among several options a 25-member, working facilities committee examined during a several months process. Committee members eventually split on the issue of whether to continue with the three-campus system in Clara City, Maynard and Raymond or to move to a one-campus system.

At that time, 56 percent of the committee favored a three-campus system and 44 percent a one-campus system, according to Superintendent Brian Koslofsky.

Board members had been planning at the meeting Monday to retain a consultant to conduct a survey of district residents on their views. Before the item came up, board member Tim Smith offered a motion to pursue a one-campus option. He was joined by Scott Ruiter, Carol Thomton and Lane Schwitters in supporting it. Members Deb Brandt and Tate Mueller voted against it.

TSP Architects will present a report on the estimated cost to develop a preK-12 campus to the board in July. The firm had done preliminary work on all of the options that had been considered. The firm estimated that a single campus would cost $37,948,724, but the architects noted that additional work would be needed to provide a more reliable estimate.

Superintendent Koslofsky said the architects will look at ways to reduce the project costs and provide board members with a more thorough analysis of costs and the scope of work.

Voters in the district in January 2014 rejected a $20 million bond issue for a single K-12 campus proposed in Clara City.

The board’s action Monday does not call for bringing the issue to a referendum, or set any timetable for action. A referendum would be needed to fund a project of this size, the superintendent said.

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Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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