Voters Approve $7.56 Million Referendum for Tracy Public Schools | News, Sports, Jobs

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TRACY — A buildings referendum that would fund ventilation and other building updates for the Tracy Area public schools received strong support Tuesday, more than two-thirds of voters said “Yes indeed.”

A total of 572 people in the Tracy School District voted “Yes indeed” on the construction referendum of about $7.56 million, compared to 277 “no” Votes, the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office said.

“It shows how much everyone cares about our schools,” said Tracy Area Superintendent Chad Anderson. “We would like to thank all of our community members for taking the time to learn about all of our projects.”

The Tracy Area Public Schools referendum will allow the district to approve up to $7.565 million in general promissory notes to make upgrades to the existing Tracy High School and Elementary School buildings. The improvements are primarily focused on ventilation, utilities and other parts of the buildings that are critical to health and safety, Anderson said.

“Our main focus was on our HVAC systems”, said Anderson. “We wanted to offer our children clean, healthy air.”

Both Tracy school buildings were built in the late 1960s, and some of the equipment that was replaced by the referendum is more than 50 years old, Anderson said. Although school staff have done a great job maintaining the school buildings, parts of the HVAC and plumbing systems are past the end of their useful lives, he said.

Factsheets made available to the public by the school district said the planned construction project will include replacing electrical systems at both the high school and elementary school to bring them up to date with ventilation equipment and classroom technology needs. In addition, water heaters, water and sewage pipes would be renewed in both buildings.

At the high school, the plans also include replacing the building’s industrial engineering heating and ventilation systems. At the elementary school, the updates also include the replacement of part of the HVAC system and three sections of roof that are nearing the end of their useful life.

The planning process for the construction project is ongoing. Anderson said the school district plans to begin this next summer “Working under the covers” and then continue with updates above the cap in 2024.



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