Moose Lake School Superintendent Robert Indihar and three board members traveled to the Capitol in St. Paul on Wednesday, February 6, to meet with legislators and representatives of the Rushford-Peterson School District to discuss bills that will be introduced in the legislature to request $20 million in bonding for each school district.
The Rushford-Peterson school was also damaged by a flood in the summer of 2012, just as the Moose Lake school had been. That school district is located in southeastern Minnesota.
The damages to the Moose Lake school totaled $850,000, of which most has been repaid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, with a 25 percent match from the state.
However, because of the location of both schools, both need replacement on higher ground, out of danger of flood waters.
Supt. Indihar reported in a telephone interview that Senator Tony Lourey will author a bill that will be brought to the state Senate, and Representative Mike Sundin will author a bill that will be brought to the state House of Representatives asking for the bonding.
The two school districts have also hired Lobbyist Peg Larsen to speak to the legislature on behalf of the school districts.
“They told us that we are setting a precedent,” said Supt. Indihar. “But we are not. I can think of two school districts that were granted special bonding for when school districts experienced hardships. We feel that we are unique in that we are one of the few school districts that went through a flood. We have a poor tax base because of the state facilities. That is unfair for us.”