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Cass Lake-Bena Schools pursues bonding referendum for new elementary, renovations


October 24, 2022

Oct. 21—CASS LAKE — Five years after voters denied a ballot measure that would have allowed Cass Lake-Bena Public Schools to borrow millions for a series of facilities improvements, the school district is conducting a second attempt to address spacing and safety needs that continue to affect the district.

Approving a resolution at an Aug. 17 special board meeting, the Cass Lake-Bena school board is now seeking permission from voters to sell $39.75 million in bonds to build a new elementary school for kindergarten through fifth grade and remodel the current elementary school to house district offices and the Area Learning Center.

When the Nov. 8 general election arrives, voters will answer the ballot question, "Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 115 (Cass Lake-Bena Schools) be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $39,750,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of a new elementary school; and the construction of improvements to repurpose and remodel the existing elementary school facility for use as an early childhood and preschool site, alternative learning center, and district service center?"


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