Voters in La Crescent approve one referendum question, reject second

The La Crescent-Hokah School District asked voters to approve a plan to address what it’s calling “its most critical needs” in a special election Tuesday.

There were two referendum questions on the ballot.

The first requested authorization for bonds not to exceed $23,625,000 for adding on and renovating the elementary school, as well as security upgrades to the middle and high school.

Question 1 passed with 1,258 yes votes and 1,152 no votes.

The elementary school was last updated in 1988.

The second question requested authorization for bonds not to exceed $5,645,000 for improving facilities, including athletic facilities and the cafeteria and commons areas, among other things.

The money would’ve been used to ensure the facilities are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Question 2 failed with 1,192 yes votes and 1,208 no votes.

The La Crescent-Hokah School district took a survey of the community last summer and found 83% of respondents were in favor of improving facilities in the district.

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