ACGC Will Ask Voters for $15.5 million Bond to Improve Facilities

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(West Central Tribune/Grove City, MN) — Voters in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District will decide this fall on a $15.5 million bond issue to update buildings in the district.

The West Central Tribune reports the proposal would make improvements at ACGC’s elementary school in Atwater, which houses prekindergarten through fourth grade, and the junior/senior high school in Grove City where grades 5 through 12 are located.

Superintendent Nels Onstad says “We aren’t asking for something brand new, we’re asking to update what we have.”

Discussions of a possible referendum to seek a bond issue began more than a year ago as facility needs began to pile up for the district.

The projects proposed in the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot include updates to electrical and mechanical systems in both the Atwater and Grove City buildings and remodeling to develop secure entries and improve safety and security in the buildings.

The district had a facility study completed, which determined the building improvement work that would be needed over the next five years.

According to estimates from the district’s financial adviser, a home worth $150,000 would pay an additional $106 more in property taxes if the bond passes.

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