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UPDATE: Voters pass both referendum measures in Dover-Eyota

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EYOTA, Minn. (KTTC) -- The results are in, and the Dover-Eyota Public School District will be getting some upgrades.

Residents voted ‘yes’ Wednesday night to both of the bond issue referendum questions.

The first question gives $7.4 million to expand the elementary school. That measure passed with 62 percent of the vote.

The second question asked for $1.25 million to upgrade the district’s outdoor athletic and physical education facilities. That money will be put toward an artificial turf football and soccer field and an all new eight-lane all-weather track. This question received 55 percent of the vote Wednesday night.

Before the vote, Dover-Eyota Superintendent Bruce Klaehn had talked up the referendum.

“For our school district, there are some things that we must change if we are going to continue to operate at the high standards we have,” he said.

“We sell the bonds at a very low rate right now so that’s good for our taxpayers," said Klaehn. "We sell the bonds, get the proceeds to do the construction of these two projects and it’s paid back through an annual levy."

Things right now are a little cramped at the elementary school.

"Things have changed over the years, all day every day. Our gymnasium is a little bit crowded because we also use it as a lunch room," said Klaehn. "We're going to be adding a cafeteria, expanding kindergarten rooms to ones that fit state guidelines and use the other space for other purposes."

A past referendum had failed in 2008, but over the years changes have been made.

"And now we really feel like we've come to the taxpayer and we're giving them more for less than what we were asking in 2008," said Klaehn.

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