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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Moose Lake School Board discusses bond vote


At the monthly meeting on May 20, the members of the Moose Lake School Board discussed the comments that they heard in the community before the vote on the bond referendum to Complete the Campus.

“A lot of people didn’t understand the questions clearly,” commented Board Member Julie Peterson. “The second question confused things.”

“It was close to tax time,” said Lisa Anderson-Reed. “There were a lot of absentee ballots.”

Jamie Jungers spoke about the negative comments about the referendum on Facebook.

“They are hurting our kids with that attitude,” he said. “It was a small amount of taxes for what we would get.”

“I wish you had told us more” was one of the comments Steve Blondo heard. Blondo added, “And two people that were making comments on Facebook weren’t in the school district.”

Jerry Pederson said he visited 39 households and people didn’t understand that the school district would come back for more money when the original bond to build the new school was passed in 2014.

“A lot of people said that we should have done it right the first time,” said Blondo.

“The bond went down significantly,” said Superintendent Robert Indihar. “We need to regroup by taking a look at where we are and what we want to accomplish.”

There were 1,054 residents of the school district that voted. The bond referendum on May 14 failed with a 648 no to 403 yes votes.

After action on routine items, the board meeting was closed to discuss a student.

After the meeting reopened, the board voted to expel a student for one year after a recommendation from a fair and impartial hearing that had been held earlier. It was added that alternative educational services will be made available to that student.

The board members and Indihar thanked Lexi Tekippe, the student representative, who had attended the board meetings for six years, since she was in seventh grade.

The next meeting of the Moose Lake School Board was set for June 17 at 6 p.m.


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