SARTELL - Whether or not the Sartell-St. Stephen School District builds a new High School is in the hands of voters on Tuesday.

The one-question referendum is asking for $105.8 million in bond funding for the new school and for updates to buildings district-wide. If the referendum passes, a new Sartell High School would go on a piece of land near Oak Ridge Elementary (on the north side). The current high school would become a 6-8 middle school, the current middle school would become a 3-5 intermediate school. Both Pine Meadow and Oak Ridge Elementary would become facilities that support four-year-olds through 2nd grade.

The Sartell-St. Stephen district says they need more space due to growing enrollment numbers. The district says they expect their student population to surpass 4,000 by 2025.

Here’s how the money would specifically be used:

  • $89.5 million would be spent on a new high school.
  • $1.7 million would go to Pine Meadow.
  • $650,000 would go to Oak Ridge.
  • $2.55 million would go towards the middle school (which would become a 3rd-5th grade intermediate school).
  • $10.55 million would go to the existing high school (which would become a middle school).
  • $850,000 would go towards borrowing costs.

If the referendum passes, it would cost the owner of a $150,000 home an additional $212.52 a year in tax impact. The three polling places are at LeSauk Township Hall, Celebration Lutheran Church and St. Stephen City Hall.

For more information, including a tax calculator, visit the district website by clicking here.