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New high school will improve Prescott in many ways, says Board member

Prescott School Board member Tom Magnan explains details about the upcoming referendum April 1 to Prescott Kiwanis Thursday. (Photo by Jason Schulte)

PRESCOTT – On Tuesday, April 1, Prescott School District voters are heading to the polls to decide whether or not a new high school will be built.

Between now and then, Board members and Administration will be holding public forums and trying to speak as many community organizations they can to get the word out. Thursday, it was Kiwanis’ turn with Board Vice President Tom Magnan and Superintendent Roger Hulne the guests.

Magnan explained district residents will be facing three questions on April 1: To issue bonds for the construction of a new high school with costs not to exceed $27,980,000; To construct an auditorium onto the new high school with the costs not to exceed $4,260,000; and to exceed the revenue cap starting in 2016 for the next four years by $110,000 a year for new high school operating expenses.

The high school would be built on a 90-acre parcel the District owns (just east of Dexter Street and near the roundabout), which the District is touting for its parking, access and room for athletic fields.

Magnan said the first two questions were the results of a community-based facilities committee who used research of past referendum recommendations, a review of current buildings, and consideration of future space needs.

He added based of the facilities and finance committee’s recommendation, it was decided to separate the first two questions instead of combining them not to overtax district residents.

For more please read the February 12 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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