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Rothsay school scales back plan

Published 11:08am Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It’s a scaled back plan that the Rothsay School District hopes will please voters this time around.

On Thursday, district residents will vote on a $19 million plan to update Rothsay’s aging school which is struggling to meet the needs of increased enrollment. More than half of the building was built prior to 1940.

After a failed attempt at a referendum in December, the district reduced the project by almost $5 million and nearly 3,000 square feet. The previous referendum failed by only 12 votes. Superintendent Warren Schmidt feels that the district’s new plan has answered those voters who didn’t approve in December’s vote.

“We have fulfilled their concerns,” Schmidt said. “I’m not going to make any predictions, but we’ll know on Thursday.”

While space is the major issue for the school, the age has also caused building issues, including some code violations. The building was built in 1903, and has undergone numerous renovations over the years.

No matter what voters decide on Thursday, Schmidt said the issues need to be met and work will have to be done. What that will entail if the vote fails, however, has yet to be determined.

“That’s a decision we will have to make as a board,” Schmidt said. “But we need the additional space.”

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