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Voters defeat West Central Area Schools building referendum

Voters in the West Central Area School District soundly defeated a proposed $12.25 million referendum Tuesday to add on to the secondary school in Barrett.

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The project would have added pre-K to 5th grade space, resulting in the closing of elementary schools in Kensington and Elbow Lake.

The proposal was defeated by a three-to-one ratio, with 479 voters supporting the project and 1,515 voting against it.

Voters also defeated a second question on the ballot that would have continued a $1,447.78 per pupil referendum for another 10 years. The results were 810 "yes" votes to 1,157 "no" votes.

In another school referendum in the area, Parkers Prairie voters approved a $1 million capital project levy by a wide margin. A total of 238 voters supported it and 81 voted no. The money will be used for facility maintenance and technology projects.

More details of the election will be printed in Friday's Echo Press.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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