MADISON — By an overwhelming majority, voters in the Lac qui Parle Valley School District approved a $39.9 million bond to upgrade the district's three schools.

Voters approved the bond by a 1,030 "yes" to 302 "no" tally, representing a 77.3 percent majority in favor of the project.

It will allow the district to undertake $13 million in improvements to the Madison-Marietta-Nassau Elementary School in Madison; $17 million at the Appleton-Milan Elementary in Appleton; and $6 million in improvements to the high school/middle school facility in the country in rural Madison.

Board members had considered a range of options before moving forward with a plan that upgrades and maintains the existing facilities. A district-wide survey found that 68 percent of respondents favored maintaining the existing elementary schools over a consolidated elementary school.