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Crookston, other Minnesota schools seek levies

Residents of Crookston School District are voting Tuesday on a $6 million referendum that is part of a $14.6 million plan to repair and upgrade school facilities.

The district is one of 76 in the state this year asking voters to approve extra funds to maintain operations or pay for building projects, according to the Minnesota School Boards Association.

School districts in the region that are seeking operating levies are Fisher, Fosston, Goodridge, Warroad and Warren-Alvarado-Oslo.

Districts seeking building bond/capital lease levies are Fisher and Win-E-Mac.

If Crookston referendum, if approved, would fund work at three school buildings and the swimming pool.

"This would set the district up to preserve and maintain our buildings for the next 20 to 30 years," Superintendent Chris Bates said. "The neat thing is that the debt for the high school building is set to expire. This would pretty much mirror the cost. We can fix everything and it won't cause a tax increase."

Crookston High School was built 18 years ago.

Polls in Crookston are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.