ISD 282 voters approve $14 million bond referendum

(This story was corrected/updated on October 2, 2017)

Residents within the St. Anthony-New Brighton School District recently approved a $14 million question. 

Approved in a Sept. 7 special election, voters authorized $14,060,000 in general obligation school building bonds to go to Wilshire Park Elementary School. 

The funding will help construct an additional eight classrooms, a gymnasium, an expanded cafeteria, more bathrooms, a larger media center and a secured entrance at the elementary school. 

“Student enrollment continues to increase,” the district said in a statement, explaining that the growth requires action. 

According to the district, Wilshire Park Elementary School currently serves 706 students, 94 percent of whom are residents. However, casting projections out to the 2025-2026 school year, Wilshire Park could serve up to 963 resident students, the district said.

“Additional learning spaces are needed to accommodate [these students].”

The estimated annual tax impact on the average home in the district — with an estimated market value of $225,000 — is $146.37 for a 20-year period.

In 2008, a bond referendum was approved for the renovation of classrooms at Wilshire Park, St. Anthony middle and high schools, as well as for the construction of a STEM lab at Wilshire Park. 


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