Five area school districts will be holding special elections this fall.
Alexandria, Osakis and Parkers Prairie school districts will each be having elections to fill a vacant seat on the school board, while Brandon-Evansville and West Central Area school districts will be voting on bond issues.
Brandon-Evansville School District
At Brandon-Evansville, voters will decide whether to approve a referendum to provide funding for a building project for the district after the school board approved a resolution to issue general obligation school building bonds and calling for the special election last month.
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.
A previous $25.2 million referendum failed in November 2019.
West Central Area School District
The West Central Area School District is expected to pass a resolution for referendum on Aug. 18, which would put the bond issue on the ballot in November.
There are three anticipated referendum questions, all of which are independent of each other, and none of which are contingent upon the passage of another question.
The first question would provide general obligation school building bonds in an aggregate amount not to exceed $37,030,000 for acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities.
This would include construction of a new South Elementary School in Hoffman, and construction and renovation at North Elementary School in Elbow Lake.
The second question would provide school building bonds in an aggregate amount not to exceed $4,870,000 for classroom expansion, a fitness center and equipment.
This would include expanding classroom spaces and labs, adding equipment and furniture to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math), career and technical education, a student fitness center, the media center and other general updates to the facility and grounds.
The third question would provide bonds in an aggregate amount not to exceed $5,495,000 for acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities.
This would include the construction and equipping of a track and field complex, construction of a softball and baseball field complex and to repair and upgrade other outdoor grounds and structures.