Tuesday, October 19, 2021

BP School Board OKs $34M bond resolution

It’s official: The Blooming Prairie School District will bring a nearly $34 million bond before the voters in a special election on Nov. 2.


The two-part resolution passed unanimously Monday night after several minutes of discussion. The first question asks for $27.6 million to reconfigure and renovate classrooms in the elementary school; upgrade the high school’s career and technical education space; add a classroom and flexible learning space; and build a performing arts and learning center, which will be in use by various classes every day.


If that question is approved, the second question would ask for $6.4 million to build an additional gymnasium at the high school. The first question must pass in order for the gymnasium question to pass.


The expansion is the direct result of climbing enrollment numbers; a demographic study found the district could grow by as many as 126 students in the next 10 years.


The elementary school is already dealing with two displaced rooms; the rising enrollment numbers could push that shortage to four or five, a consulting firm said.


As of Aug. 11, enrollment at Blooming Prairie Public Schools for the upcoming school year is 830 – up more than 40 students from the end of the 2020-21 school year in June.


A random survey of 500 school district residents last month showed “a favorable response” to the possibility of a bond referendum.


The projected tax impact for the bond total on a $150,000 house would be about $188 per year for 25 years.



Steele County Times

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Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

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