Voters easily passed the referendum to provide funding for a building project at Brandon-Evansville School District. The final tally was 659 "yes" votes and 356 "no" votes.

"I'm just very proud of our community," said Superintendent Don Peschel. "This is going to give us the spaces that we need and most importantly, it's going to provide our students with facilities and space to give them a top quality education."

Don Peschel
Don Peschel

Peschel said he wanted to thank all the people behind the scenes "who worked to make this happen."

"I'm very proud that both communities will benefit from this, and moving forward, there's a lot of exciting times ahead for us as a district and communities," he said.

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The referendum authorizes the issuing of general obligation school building bonds that will not exceed $14.5 million and will 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 previous $25.2 million referendum failed in November 2019.

West Central Area School District

Three referendum questions at the West Central Area School District did not pass.

West Central Superintendent Dave Hogie said he was disappointed with the outcome.

"It's always disappointing when a building referendum fails," Hogie said. "I feel badly for the board members. They've invested over three years of time and put together very well-intended proposals to the public, and unfortunately the voters at this time didn't see it as the board members do."

The first question would have provided 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 question failed to pass, with 1,279 "no" votes and 846 "yes" votes, Hogie said.

The second question would have provided school building bonds in an aggregate amount not to exceed $4,870,000 for classroom expansion. This would include expanding classroom spaces and labs, adding equipment and furniture to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math), career and technical education and other general updates to the facility and grounds.

The question received 1,142 "no" votes and 981 "yes" votes, Hogie said.

The third question would have provided 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 and construction of a softball and baseball field complex.

This question received 1,318 "no" votes and 804 "yes" votes, Hogie said.

"It's unfortunate, but the board members are very committed to the students and the staff, and they'll go back to work and try to find a solution," Hogie said.

Osakis School Board

Three candidates were vying for one seat on the Osakis School Board, and the winner was Corey Goodwin with 186 votes. He was followed by Jonathan Ries with 70 votes and Ashley Shrode with 60.

Corey Goodwin
Corey Goodwin

"Simply said, I’m excited," Goodwin said in an email. "But also thankful and overwhelmed with the support I have received from so many in the community. I am looking forward to getting started, learning the processes, and doing my part to help continue the success the Osakis school has had."

Parkers Prairie School Board

Dustin Schilling ran unopposed on the ballot for a seat on the Parkers Prairie School Board. He received 77 votes.