School Board Approves Referendum 25 Apr 14

The New Ulm District 88 School Board on Thursday voted 6-1 to hold a referendum election this summer. The bond referendum will call for spending over $46-million on constructing a new high school and athletic complex for New Ulm. The other District 88 school facilities would be upgraded and reconfigured as well, with the current high school becoming a middle school and Washington Elementary becoming a pre-school and kindergarten center. The projects were recommended by a community task force that considered many options. The lone vote against the plan on Thursday came from School Board Member Sharon Gieseke, who opposes new taxes. Under the plan, the taxes on a $100,000 home in the school district would increase by $57 per-year at current interest rates. The District 88 referendum vote will be held during Minnesota’s Primary Election on August 12th.