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MACCRAY to decide $56M in bond requests at three locations

MACCRAY School District.

CLARA CITY - Voters in the MACCRAY School District will decide this November whether to undertake major renovations to the elementary schools in Raymond and Maynard and add a middle school and auditorium to the high school campus in Clara City.

On a unanimous vote Monday, MACCRAY School Board members agreed to put general bond issues totaling $56,130,000 on the ballot for the general election on Nov. 6.

Voters will decide three bond requests.

A $48,150,000 bonding request would fund the major share of work being proposed at all three sites. It calls for remodeling and improving safety and security while also adopting the East and West Elementary schools as prekindergarten-through-grade 4 facilities. It would also fund an approximate 60,000-square-foot addition at the high school campus to develop a grade 5-8 middle school, construct a 500-seat auditorium and expand the commons area, as well as improve security and safety at the campus.

A $2 million bonding request would fund the expansion of the Middle School gymnasium to include a third court.

A $5.98 million bonding request would fund the replacement of the heating and ventilation systems at the East and West Elementary buildings to include modern dehumidification and hot water heating systems.

This will represent the third bond issue brought to district voters for facility improvements. Voters rejected a $38.8 million proposal in February 2017 and a $20 million proposal in January 2014. Both of those requests would have closed the elementary schools in Raymond and Maynard and developed a single-campus system in Clara City.

School board members plan to hold three community information meetings on the bonding requests prior to the election. They are scheduled Oct. 9 in Raymond, Oct. 11 in Maynard and Oct. 15 in Clara City, with each at the respective schools and beginning at 6 p.m.

Tom Cherveny

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

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