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Tuesday is Election Day, and it's a big day for a number of school districts around the area that are holding referendums or elections.


Detroit Lakes

Residents of the Detroit Lakes School District will vote on a change in the operating levy from $319 per pupil unit to $457 per pupil unit. The levy would generate an additional $406,000 in new operating revenue for the school district over the next 10 years. This change would not increase school property taxes for the district's property owners, because it would essentially replace a building bond levy that ends this year.

Polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the high school and the middle school. Absentee ballots are available at the district office. Call 847-9271 for more information.

Lake Park-Audubon

The school district is asking for an increase from the present $500 per student to $750 per student for seven years.

Polling places will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the high school in Lake Park and elementary school in Audubon.

Pine Point School Board

Five candidates are running for four open seats on the Indian Education Committee (school board) for Pine Point School. Polls are open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school.

The candidates are: Cliff Crowell, Lyman Roberts (the sole incumbent), Kimberly Smith, Dennis Tibbetts and Alvina Fairbanks.


School officials are asking voters to support increasing the cap on the district's operational levy from $1,750 to $1,990 per student for five years.

Polls are open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school.


Perham-Dent has proposed a $395 per pupil increased tax levy.

A similar levy question was soundly defeated one year ago. In 2008, the school board asked for $695, for up to 10 years. In the subsequent year, another $800,000 was slashed from the budget, and the 2009 question asks for the $395 for only three years.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Perham Area Community Center.

Pelican Rapids

After failing last year, the Pelican school board is returning to the voters with a two-question request totaling $1,100 per student. The first question is on a $900-per-student operating levy, and the second question, which cannot pass if the first one does not -- is for an additional $200-per-student to be used for curriculum and technology enhancements.

The length of the increased levy will be five years, rather than the 10 requested at the last election. The district does not currently have an operating levy, and its school taxes are the lowest in the region.

Polling will be at the high school from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Use the main lobby doors.


Voters will be asked to approve a $8.5 million bond referendum to pay for an expansion to accommodate future projected increasing enrollment numbers.

If it doesn't pass, the school board will have to add elevators and more exits to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The school board would have to levy for the upgrades that would bring the building up to code.

Polling places will be open 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Menahga School's media center and at Wolf Lake Lions Hall.