Outdoor facilities referendum set [UPDATED]Published 10:37am Tuesday, August 14, 2012 Updated 10:37am Tuesday, August 14, 2012
When Fergus Falls residents head to the polls on Nov. 6, they will be asked to vote on a $6,265,000 bond referendum that would change the face of the outdoor facilities at Cleveland School, Roosevelt Education Center and Kennedy Secondary School.
“This is not for a $6 million dollar football stadium,” superintendent Jerry Ness said at the school board meeting Monday.
The project would reconfigure much of the green space to provide more space for athletics and physical education classes, he said.
Roosevelt Education Center would have its baseball field improved and the outfield would serve as a practice football field. A fence would be installed around the site as a deterrence for geese.
Cleveland School would have its large green space reconfigured into two soccer fields. One would be regulation size for high school games and the other would be a smaller practice field. The lighted ice arena would be relocated to the Roosevelt site, south of the community arena. The warming house would remain in its location and be used as restrooms, concessions and storage.
Kennedy Secondary School would move the football/track and field complex to the southeast corner of the Kennedy site, near the current location of the soccer fields. This would allow for an eight-lane track, so larger scale track and field meets could be held in Fergus Falls. The current location of the tennis courts would be turned into additional parking space, and eight new tennis courts would be built adjacent to where the existing courts are now. Two softball fields would be built where the one baseball field is now, with a practice football field between them. Practice fields for football and physical education classes would be placed near the site of the current football stadium. The entire area would have proper drainage and irrigation.
The project would be paid for through a 20-year extension to the 1994 bond referendum to build the high school science wing. The extension would cost taxpayers less than they are currently paying on the 1994 bond referendum. Taxpayers are paying $23.16 per year on a $100,000 property, but for the 20-year extension, the same property owner would pay $20.28 per year.
For more information on the outdoor facility bond referendum, including a complete cost analysis, check the Fergus Falls Public Schools August newsletter.