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Spring Valley to go to referendum for new elementary building

If an April referendum passes in the Spring Valley School District, the current elementary building will be demolished and a new school built. File photo

Spring Valley School District residents will see a referendum on the April ballot this spring. In a Monday, Jan. 7 meeting, held at Spring Valley Elementary School, the school board approved two resolutions that set up a referendum for the issuance of general obligation bonds not to exceed $22.8 million, to build a new elementary school, tear down the existing one, and move the district's softball field.

In order to do this, the board first approved the bonds, then approved going to referendum for the bonds.

Answering a few clarifying questions by school board members and one resident audience member, Haack said the referendum includes the cost of deconstruction of the current elementary building, that deconstruction would include removal of the gymnasium. It has yet to be determined what would happen with the playgrounds that currently stand near the elementary school, he said. He also said that if the referendum is passed, the softball field would be moved immediately, but construction on the new elementary building wouldn't start until Spring 2020. Haack said the time between then and the referendum, if it passes, would be needed for building plans to be fully designed.

Haack said that if the referendum is passed, the district's mil rate will go up some, but not a lot from this year's mil rate. If the referendum is not passed, the mil rate will drop significantly, Haack said. Specific data was not available by press time.

Informational meetings will be held Feb. 25 and March 19 for district residents. Informational "mailers" will be sent out soon as well, Haack said.

He said the district website will soon have more information available.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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