Superintendent of Cass-Lake Bena Schools Sue Chase recently discussed the bonding referendum that will appear on ballots within the district on Nov. 8.
The district is asking for $39.75 million to build a K-5 school on the same campus as the Cass Lake Middle and High Schools.
The current elementary school would then be used for ALC Classrooms and Early Childhood, as well as community partnerships such as Head Start, Boys and Girls Club, and other community-based programs.
Chase said the current DRC/ALC building would then be decommissioned, mentioning the facility has a number of problems relating to its age, with the initial structure built in 1921.
The average homeowner tax impact would be $18.75 per month. To determine the impact on a specific home or property, a tax calculator is available on the Cass Lake-Bena district website.
Cass Lake-Bena’s last bonding request failed with a resounding “no,” but Chase said the referendum request for this year is a significantly lower dollar amount.