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Letter: Steffl says DL Schools referendum deserves support

As a Detroit Lakes School Board member I feel compelled to address my position regarding the upcoming school district building referendum to be held on Nov. 6.

During the last referendum I was a member of the "Vote No" committee that challenged that effort. Our group felt the cost was too high, and that the district had sufficient buildings and facilities in locations that were conducive to additions and upgrades to make them more efficient and that would address the space issues. A new building at that price didn't make sense.

Becoming a board member truly opens one's eyes to all the space needs and goings-on in a school district of our size. With the demands of special education, the advent of the Academy Model at the high school, and all of the other needs and offerings we provide to our students, we have a true need to expand and upgrade our facilities.

With the help of Zerr-Berg Architects, the School Board, the staff and the general public, I feel that we have done our due diligence to come up with a common sense approach to address the needs at four of our buildings.

The current work being done at the Middle School-Roosevelt complex, which the district was able to pay for from the general fund due to sound financial planning on the part of the district and past school boards, shows our commitment to maintaining our current facilities.

With your support of the district building referendum project on Nov. 6, we can address our facility needs and elevate our buildings to where they need to be today and for the foreseeable future. Be informed and ask questions. Your vote matters.