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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Voters: No to school project

Barnum School District voters say no to building project


Barnum School District residents voted not to pass the nearly $16.3 million school bond referendum in Tuesday’s election with a vote of 709 no and 343 yes votes. Results are unofficial until certified by the State Canvassing Board.

The Barnum School Board had proposed to have the high school remodeled, add a second gym, install more energy efficient lighting and replace the outdated boiler in the elementary school, plus refinance existing debt, at a total cost of $16,280,000.

The high school was built in 1982, and the 30-year loan for the school was paid off in 2012. As a result, taxes dropped for property owners in the school district.

The boiler in the elementary school, in place since the original school was built, is outdated. It is impossible to get replacement parts when needed and the boiler is not energy efficient, Superintendent Dave Bottem had reported at school board meetings.


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