Next Tuesday, voters in the Brandon-Evansville School District have a couple of big decisions to make. They will be checking yes or no to two different questions on their ballot.
The first question involves using $19.9 million in bonds to convert the Brandon School to a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 school. Those funds would also be used to demolish a portion of the school in Evansville. Plans call for using another portion of the Evansville school, but its use has not yet been determined.
Currently, students in grades 4-8 attend school in Evansville.
The second question, which is contingent on the passing of the first question, involves using an additional $5.3 million in bonds for a new multi-purpose gym with locker rooms and to add a dedicated space for the Chargers Kid Club, both at the Brandon campus.
The B-E School Board earlier this year approved $7.8 million in a non-voter approved bond to replace the boilers in the Brandon facility and upgrade the ventilation infrastructure at both the Brandon and Evansville schools.
Superintendent Don Peschel said if the voters approve one or both ballot questions, the school district will issue 20-year bonds to finance the projects.
For a home valued at $100,000, the estimated cost of the air-quality improvements and both ballot questions is $22.37 a month, or $268.44 per year. It breaks down as follows for a home valued at $100,000:
HVAC/boilers – $5.02 per month/$60.24 per year
Question 1 – $13.70 per month/$164.40 per year
Question 2 – $3.65 per month/$43.80 per year
“The district will move forward with the air quality improvements regardless of the referendum results, as state law gives school districts the authority to make such investments,” said Peschel.
More information can be found on the school’s referendum website, bechargersunited.com.
Voting in Brandon, Evansville
On election day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the district’s two polling places:
Brandon City Hall, 115 E. Front St., Brandon
Evansville City Hall, 106 State St., Evansville
To find your polling place, go to pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us.