Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Big week for Crookston School Board, Superintendent Bates

  • Public input meeting Tuesday followed by Thursday special meeting to make a decision on facility needs.
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  • A couple of meetings this week will go a long way toward defining the direction of the Crookston School District over the next 10 to 20 years.
    The Crookston School Board Tuesday evening, July 9, at 7 p.m. will host a public input meeting at Crookston High School to answer questions and get feedback from district residents as the board and Superintendent Chris Bates try to come up with a plan to address potentially in excess of $16 million in needed improvements at all three school buildings and the swimming pool.
    According to performance contractor Johnson Controls, which has spent months analyzing facility needs, compiling them and prioritizing them, some projects, like the pool roof and boiler, high school roof and Highland boiler, are far more urgent than others. Johnson Controls representatives have also stated that the board could, by utilizing state levy-related legislation, move forward on around $10 million in projects without seeking approval of school district voters. The remaining $6 million or so on the list, however, would require voter approval.
    Board members and Bates have said for some time, however, that they want to be as up front with district residents as possible and not approve millions of dollars in work without seeking citizen input and putting a comprehensive, transparent package of projects, and financing options, together first.
    Then, after the July 9 public input session, the board has scheduled a special meeting for 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, at which they are expected to decide how to move forward on the projects at the four buildings.
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