Dist. 88 board canvasses ballots from Tuesday’s referendum

NEW ULM – By a 4-0 vote Friday, the District 88 School Board approved a resolution canvassing returns of votes of Tuesday’s Special Election for a $46.9 million school bond referendum.

The referendum passed by a mere 52 votes, 2,642 to 2,590 for a total ballot count of 5,232, according to the abstract and return of votes cast.

There were 12,420 persons registered to vote when the polls opened and 364 new election day registrants plus 390 regular, military and overseas absentee ballots cast. There were no blank or spoiled ballots.

DIst. 88 Superintendent Jeff Bertrang said he will begin meeting with real estate agents and property appraisers to establish a calendar for the referendum project.

“We plan to break ground in the spring,” Bertrang said. “…It isn’t often a community allows this (building bond referendum) to be done.”

“I think it’ll be exciting,” board member Don Deslauriers said.

Board members Patti Hoffman, Denny Waloch and Duane Winter were absent.

The next board meeting begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28 in the District Administrative Center (DAC) boardroom.

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