Update: ISD 194 has created a webpage with more information about its 2021 bond referendum. The projected tax impact would be a $49 increase in annual property taxes for a home valued at $400,000.
During its January 26 meeting the ISD 194 School Board voted unanimously in favor of a resolution calling a special election for voters to consider a $44 million bond referendum. The special election will be held on May 11, 2021. If approved by voters, the bond funds will be used to purchase land and build a new elementary school to be completed by the fall of 2024. Constructing a new elementary school is part of the district's broader long-range planning, which projects district enrollment to increase by 2,500 students by 2030.
The School Board has not yet authorized a special election to fill the vacancy on the Board resulting from Zach Duckworth's election to the Minnesota Senate, which must be held no later than November 2, 2021. The Board also has not appointed anyone to temporarily fill the vacancy, despite state law calling for any vacancy on the Board to be filled by appointment.