A referendum to provide funding for a building project for the Brandon-Evansville School District will be on the ballots Nov. 2.

The Brandon-Evansville School Board approved a resolution to issue general obligation school building bonds and calling for the special election at its regular meeting Monday, July 19.

According to the resolution, the amount of money would not exceed $14.5 million and would go toward "the betterment of school sites and facilities."

The plan for the Evansville school includes the addition of more classrooms, a parent drop-off area and new parking lots. In Brandon, the plan includes a new gym, career and technical shop and community fitness room additions, as well as new parking lots and a storage shed.

A "yes" vote on the ballot question would result in a property tax increase.

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A previous $25.2 million referendum to build a new school failed in November 2019.

The school board also passed a resolution to issue and sell bonds to finance projects to make improvements to the locker rooms at the Brandon site, as well as make classroom improvements. The bonds would not exceed $575,000.

The school board also heard that students will not be required to wear masks when they return to class later this year.

Superintendent Don Peschel said that masks are not currently being required by the state.

Don Peschel
Don Peschel

"I don't know anything definitive other than nothing is required as of right now," he said.

Peschel said he will keep monitoring the situation and provide an update in August.

"I just think (we can) go back to normal," he said.