After years of working with our Legislature to secure state funding for a new school initiative, all the hard work of many in our community has paid off. Governor Dayton finally signed off on a bill that would provide additional debt equalization funding to only two school districts in the state that suffered from a natural disaster, click here for details.
This funding is available once a successful referendum is passed in our district. So, on November 4, 2014, the Rushford-Peterson School Board will be asking the community to vote on a new plan that would fund the building of a new EC-12 facility. If successful, the state will fund 55% of the costs over a 20-year period. This funding is dependent upon community support and moving the facility out of a flood plain. See here for more details on the debt equalization funding.
With the age and condition of our current facilities, including structural damage damage caused by the 2007 flood, the secured financial support from the state, and the increase in building costs as a result of waiting longer, we owe it to our children and community to support this referendum.