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Target date for DL Schools vote

A preliminary target date of May 12, 2015 has been set for a referendum vote on a new Detroit Lakes School District building bond referendum.

Six possible options for meeting the district’s space, maintenance and safety needs have been identified, with preliminary cost projections prepared for each that range between $25 and $75 million.

Now, all that needs to be done is to “identify the solution that best needs our facility and space needs, and that our voters will support,” said Detroit Lakes School Board Chairman Ladd Lyngaas, speaking before a group of about a dozen community residents Tuesday night at Detroit Lakes High School.

The meeting was one of three such gatherings held over the course of the past week, between school board members and community leaders whose help is being sought to build support for the project in the community.

“We have six possible options, and all of them have merit,” Lyngaas said.

Some of those options include utilizing the district’s current facilities, and either building onto or renovating each of them to meet the district’s needs; building a new high school on a 40-acre site on Tower Road that the district has recently required for such a purpose; building a new middle school at the same site; building a new Rossman Elementary School on or near the site of the existing school; renovating and adding onto the existing Rossman building to accommodate additional space and programming needs; or building a new pre-kindergarten and kindergarten center on the site of the current Lincoln Education Center.

Each of the six options were discussed during the meetings, though no decision on which of the options to pursue will be made until further community input is sought.

At the end of Tuesday night’s meeting, Lyngaas charged those present to go out into the community and share what they had learned with their friends, neighbors, parents, business associates, peers and co-workers.

Any feedback the three meeting groups glean from those discussions should then be gathered and brought back to another community meeting that will be set in mid-September.

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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