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The Cannon Falls School District made the decision to go forth with a referendum during the Feb. 22 meeting with a unanimous vote. 

Voters will consider the following:

  1. A capital project levy that will raise approximately $400,000 a year over the next 10 years for technology improvements. 

  2. $10.45 million to improve school sites and facilities.

  3. $1.575 million to renovate and update the district’s gymnasiums and outdoor athletic facilities and sites. 

  4. $685,000 to acquire and install an artificial turf at the district’s stadium field. 

The total bond cost will not exceed $12.710 million.

The special election will be held on May 11.

Along with the approval of the resolution, the board will enter into contract with ISG as an architectural firm and Kraus-Anderson as the construction management company. 

What do you need to know about each question?

The technology levy would allow the district to continue the one-to-one technology initiative, staffing devices in place. 

Passing the levy would alleviate pressure on the general fund balance and give the district flexibility, Sampson said at that time. 

The first question focuses on heating and ventilation system updates to the 1962 portion of the Middle School/High School building and in the career and technical education area, to the certain sections of the roof at multiple buildings, exterior wall repair in multiple buildings, improve site drainage at multiple buildings, and renovating the career and technical education area. The first question would cost $10,455,233.

The second question focuses on updates sanding and refinishing the gym floor and replacing the gym bleachers in the Middle School/High School, replacing the gym floor in the Elementary School, resurfacing the eight lane track, installing lighting on stadium field and track, and regrading the stadium field and adding irrigation and sod. The second question would cost $1,693,627. 

The third question would focus solely on installing artificial turf at the stadium field. The third question would cost $665,000. 

For an in-depth look at the project in its entirety, follow the link on the board’s agenda titled, “Review and comment document to MN MDE.”

Every board meeting can be attended via ZOOM through the agenda and can be watched on the Cannon Falls Community Television Youtube page



Matt Lambert is the editor of The Beacon. Contact him at

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