Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Robert Indihar
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Superintendent Report


March 14, 2019

We have built a great community school, thanks to the support of residents and a financial partnership with the State of Minnesota that reduced the cost to local taxpayers to replace our flood-damaged school. This new school will serve the needs of students and staff for generations to come.

However, we have not finished the campus. Particularly in our outdoor spaces, we still need to complete the work on the fields and other outdoor features that will allow our classes, athletic teams and community to take full advantage of this campus. The school district will be going out for a bond referendum on May 14 that will include two questions that provide our plan for finishing this work.

Fortunately, the financial picture for this project looks good. The tax impact of the school construction in 2015-2017 was less than we initially projected, and our school district continues to qualify for a higher level of state aid. Consequently, we can complete the work proposed in these two referendum questions without exceeding our initial tax projections for the project.

Question 1 will complete our early childhood center by building a playground for use by younger children. We will construct a forest trail to be used by classes and athletic teams. We will also create a parking area near the south athletic fields and complete work around the baseball, football and track fields. We will construct a new softball field, which can also be used for baseball for some of our younger community teams.

When we are finished, we will have adequate seating for baseball, football, and track, as well as a building that will house restrooms, storage, lockers and concessions. Finally, we will add security cameras to the early childhood area, communications equipment to the bus garage, and ADA-compliant equipment for events. The cost of Question 1 is $3.9 million.

Question 2 is contingent on Question 1 passing. If Question 1 does pass, Question 2 proposes to add parking areas on the east side of the campus, build an additional softball field and batting cage, and add stadium lighting to the football and baseball field areas. We will also add a smaller storage and concessions building for the baseball area. The total cost of Question 2 is $2.7 million.

When finished we will have dedicated and safe outdoor fields and facilities for use by the school and the community. We will improve traffic flow and safety with better onsite parking. We will improve security features in the school buildings. We also will make these improvements through our financial partnership with the state, instead of asking local residents to pay for the entire cost of these facilities.

But most of all, this will be a completed campus.

But to be clear, this is a community decision. Local voters must approve the referendum questions in order for the project to move forward. You can obtain more information by calling me at 218-485-4435 Ext: 1108.

Thank you for your interest in Moose Lake Schools.


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