Crookson voters approve $6 million in school funds
Residents in some area Minnesota school districts approved funding for building projects or operating costs in referendum votes Tuesday.
The Crookston district asked voters to approve $6 million to pay for improvements or repairs to three school buildings and its swimming pool. Voters in nearby Fisher, Minn., decided on a levy to raise $2 million over 10 years to pay for new school vehicles and technology costs. Another referendum in that district asked voters to replace a $744.78 per-pupil levy with an $885 levy.
Crookston voters approved their measure by "basically a 2-1 margin," said Superintendent Chris Bates. "Obviously, we're thrilled."
Other districts in northwest Minnesota with referendums were Fosston, Goodridge, Warroad and Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, all seeking operating levies, and Win-E-Mac, seeking a building bond/capital lease levy.
Voters in the Warren-Alvarado-Olso district were the only ones to defeat a funding measure, narrowly rejecting a $317 per-pupil funding increase.
Unofficial results after polls closed at 8 p.m. were:
• Crookston: 824 voting yes and 410 no.
• Fisher: 79 voting yes and 43 no for the $2 million in capital funding; 81 voting yes and 42 no for raising the per-pupil levy.
• Fosston: 630 voting yes and 260 no on whether to raise the per-pupil levy from $693 to $1,160.
• Goodridge: 120 voting yes and 25 no on whether to raise the per-pupil levy by $550.
• Warren-Alvarado-Oslo: 500 voting yes and 509 no on whether to raise the per-pupil levy from $1,883 to $2,200.
• Warroad: 436 voting yes and 241 no on whether to raise the per-pupil levy from $631 to $700.
• Win-E-Mac: 346 voting yes and 175 no on $5 million in bonds to pay for new school additions and repairs.