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Schools approve referendum election this year

Published 11:04am Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Austin Public Schools Board voted unanimously Monday afternoon to conduct a special election this year with regards to its referendum revenue.

“The legislative session has yielded some unintended consequences,” said Mark Stotts, finance and operations director. “We’d like the board to adopt this resolution as a precaution.”

Minnesota Department of Education officials are still working on interpreting legislation, which has complex ramifications for the district’s budget. Stotts called the situation “a mess,” and said it was too early to say how it would affect the district.

“Bottom line is, we are going to have to ask for some kind of renewal this fall,” he said.

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