TOO CLOSE TO CALL: Mott-Regent School bond to go to canvassing meeting

Vote for the bond will be finalized Monday.

The proposed plan calls for renovations to the current high school building, and constructing a new, two-story elementary school building. The old elementary building would be demolished. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)
The proposed plan calls for renovations to the current high school building, and constructing a new, two-story elementary school building. The old elementary building would be demolished. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)

By COLE BENZ
Herald Editor

It was too close to call. In a press release from the Mott-Regent School District, the unofficial results of the bond referendum for a new school project was too close and will now be finalized during a canvassing meeting that’s scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20 in Room 201 of the Mott-Regent Public School.

According to Viola Lafontaine, who has now taken over as new superintendent of the Mott-Regent School District, there were 638 recorded votes and that they will be waiting for mail-in ballots for Monday’s canvassing meeting. A mail-in ballot must be postmarked by June 13 to count.

Lafontaine told The Herald that the unofficial counts were 389, yes, and 249, no. She said they were hard pressed to put a percentage on the vote, because it was so close and that the count could change depending on any mail-in ballots they may receive.

The proposed $8.696 million project would include restorations to the current high school building, constructing a brand-new elementary school building, and the demolition of the current elementary school building.

This comes two years after a similar vote failed by a wide margin. That project was set to cost an estimated $14 million, and this time around the school board went out and sought a more conservative pathway for improvements to the current situation.

A group of citizens formed the Vision For The Future Task Force, with the hopes of finding the most cost effective way to solve the problems of the current buildings. Through various meetings with engineers and contractors and community feedback, they determined that building a new elementary school and repairing the high school would be the best option.

The school board seemed to be much more transparent than they were two years ago, holding multiple public meetings, posting information to their website, and running ads in the local papers while being open to public comments and questions.

The vote needs 60 percent to pass, and would levy 32.01 mills to pay for the bond. It would have a limit of 20 years.

Board Member Results

Garret Swindler and Jeremy Ottmar were elected to 3-year positions from the Mott Precinct. Lucas Greff was elected to a 3-year position for the Regent Precinct.

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