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Proposed Bill Has $20 Million For Moose Lake School

Posted at: 02/07/2013 10:17 PM
Updated at: 02/08/2013 11:34 AM
By: Maarja Anderson
manderson@wdio.com

A bill giving $20 million to Moose Lake School was introduced Thursday. The money would be available as early as May, allowing them to build a new facility in 2015.

After flooding damage in June, $800,000 of funding by FEMA allowed Moose Lake's doors to open in September for the school year, but now Superintendent Bob Indihar has new fears.

"One of our concerns is kind of the long term impact of what damage did the flood do," said Indihar.

Long term damage like buckling foundations and shifting walls, which the Rushford-Peterson school in southeastern Minnesota is dealing with after their floods in 2007. They are on the bill, too.

"The superintendent at Rushford-Peterson called me with his condolences, saying he had been through a similar situation and the more we talked the more similar our situation was," Indihar said.

Both schools are to set to gain $20 million through this bill, but a new pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school building for Moose Lake is estimated to cost $33 million. Local taxpayers would be expected to pick up the additional $13 million. Indihar said that wouldn't be an easy task.

"We've got people still in crisis from the flood, we've got people who have lost their homes, whose homes have been condemned, and we are going to ask them for a tax increase," Indihar said.

For years the district has tried to move out of their building built in 1934, but Indihar hopes this time will be different. He says a new bond campaign is set for late May or early June.