Election 2019: Sauk Rapids-Rice Voters Approve New Pleasantview
SAUK RAPIDS -- Residents in the Sauk Rapids-Rice school district have agreed to invest $37.1 million to replace Pleasantview Elementary School with a new building on the current site.
The ballot measure passed on a 3,054 to 1,222 vote.
"Residents consistently identified the challenges at Pleasantview as our district’s most urgent need. We're glad to have the community's support to provide a secure, healthy and modern facility for our Pleasantview students."
Sinclair says a home in the district valued at $182,000 will see a property tax increase of $6.85 per month.
The 50-year-old building has faced a variety of issues in recent years, including asbestos in the gym and cafeteria, an aging HVAC system and a deteriorating roof. Space issues also arose following a fire that destroyed several portable classrooms in January.
The referendum is the first step in a long-term plan to improve the quality of the district's facilities. Sinclair says construction could begin as soon as next fall.
District residents voted down referendums in 2017 and 2018.