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RCW voters approve $5.4 million bond issue

RENVILLE — Voters in the Renville County West school district approved a $5.4 million bond issue to upgrade school facilities on Tuesday.

Voters cast 631 ballots in favor of the project and 528 against on a day featuring sub-zero wind chills.

Voters had rejected a similar bond measure in August by a 484 to 400 vote.

Superintendent Michelle Mortenson credited the work of a Yes Committee that worked hard to get the word out about the needs of the district’s students. She said it was a very exciting night on Tuesday for supporters of the project as they saw the favorable results.

The district will now move ahead with the work to call for the sale of the bonds, as well as finalize the architectural and design work to call for bids on the project. Construction work should get underway late this year to allow for a completion date by the fall of 2016.

The project will address a shortage of classroom and educational space on the K-12 campus in Renville. Five new classrooms will be added. The project also calls for constructing a 15,800 - square-foot gymnasium, which will include a fitness center open to the community. A dedicated bus drop-off site will also be developed. 

Tom Cherveny

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

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