District 777 $26.3 million building bond levy passes with strong support

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With all the votes in, District 777’s $26.3 million building bond levy passed with overwhelming support. The final vote was 1,356 to 620, a margin of victory of 736 votes. Sixty-nine percent of the district’s voters favored the levy to 31 percent against it.

It was a complete reversal of the May 2015 vote when an $18.6 million building levy went down with 67.5 percent of the district’s voters casting ballots against it. The vote was 1,354 against to 651 in favor in 2015, a loss by 703 votes.

Voters in the City of Benson cast 828 votes for the referendum to 246 against, a margin of victory of 582 votes.

Overall, the cities of the school district cast 910 votes for the levy and 276 against, a margin of 634. Nearly 77 percent of city voters favored the Benson Public Schools’ levy.

In the townships, 446 voted for the levy and 344 against, a margin of 102 votes in favor. Of the rural/farm voters, 56.5 favored the levy.

 

 

District 777                        Yes     No        Yes         No

2018 levy vote                     1,356   620       68.6%     31.4%

2015 levy vote                     651     1,354    32.5%     67.5%

 

Cities                              Yes     No

Benson 1 No.                   440     122

Benson 2 So.                   388     124

Clontarf                           45       10

Danvers                           23       6

DeGraff                            14       14

 

Townships

Swift County                  Yes     No

Benson                            93       46

Camp Lake                      51       21

Cashel                             23       35

Clontarf                           17       13

Dublin                            0         2

Kerkhoven                       0         0

Kildare                            8         21

Marysland                        9         10

Six Mile Grove                 35       33

Swenoda                          17       35

Tara                                19       8

Torning                           98       88

West Bank                       1         4

 

Pope County                   Yes     No

Hoff                                18       6

Langhei                           37       5

Rolling Forks                   13       4

 

Chippewa County           Yes     No

Grace                              5         13

Mandt                             2         0

 

The $26.3 million building bond levy will:

- Add a new wing to the west end of the Northside Elementary School dedicated to infant and toddler daycare, pre-school children, and the Discovery Kids program.

- Construct of a new cafeteria at the Northside that can also be used for meetings and some recreational activities. The addition will free space in the gymnasium at the Northside for physical education classes and events. Currently, half the gym is needed for serving meals.

- Build new performing arts center to replace the 1928 Junior High School Auditorium, now out of use due to part of the ceiling falling into the seating area.

- Add new classrooms at the senior high dedicated to 21st Century learning approaches. Also, the construction of a new band room.

- Convert the indoor swimming pool space to a gym. The pool area is larger than the high school auxiliary gym.

- Demolish of the 1928 auditorium and 1950 Junior High building.

- Add new security features to the Northside Elementary and Benson High School.

 

 

District 777                        Yes     No        Yes         No

2018 levy vote                     1,356   620       68.6%     31.4%

2015 levy vote                     651     1,354    32.5%     67.5%

 

Cities                              Yes     No

Benson 1 No.                   440     122

Benson 2 So.                   388     124

Clontarf                           45       10

Danvers                           23       6

DeGraff                            14       14

 

Townships

Swift County                  Yes     No

Benson                            93       46

Camp Lake                      51       21

Cashel                             23       35

Clontarf                           17       13

Dublin                            0         2

Kerkhoven                       0         0

Kildare                            8         21

Marysland                        9         10

Six Mile Grove                 35       33

Swenoda                          17       35

Tara                                19       8

Torning                           98       88

West Bank                       1         4

 

Pope County                   Yes     No

Hoff                                18       6

Langhei                           37       5

Rolling Forks                   13       4

 

Chippewa County           Yes     No

Grace                              5         13

Mandt                             2         0

 

The $26.3 million building bond levy will:

- Add a new wing to the west end of the Northside Elementary School dedicated to infant and toddler daycare, pre-school children, and the Discovery Kids program.

- Construct a new cafeteria at the Northside that can also be used for meetings and some recreational activities. The addition will free space in the gymnasium at the Northside for physical education classes and events. Currently, half the gym is needed for serving meals.

- Build a new performing arts center to replace the 1928 Junior High School Auditorium, now out of use due to part of the ceiling falling into the seating area.

- Demolish the 1928 auditorium and 1950 Junior High building.

- Add new classrooms at the senior high dedicated to 21st Century learning approaches. Also, the construction of a new band room.

- Convert the indoor swimming pool space to a gym. The pool area is larger than the high school auxiliary gym.

- Add new security features to the Northside Elementary and Benson High School.

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