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Minden, Neb., to vote on nearly $26 million school bond issue

Minden, Neb., to vote on nearly $26 million school bond issue

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MINDEN, Neb. — Minden voters will decide next week whether their students will attend classes in a new high school.

Within the last week, registered voters received mail-in ballots for Tuesday's $25.995 million school bond election. The proposed bond issue would pay for a new 123,000-square-foot high school, renovations to Minden's existing C.L. Jones Middle School, repairs to East Elementary School and demolition of the old high school.

The proposed new high school also would have a 600-seat auditorium and 1,500-seat gymnasium with a walking track above it.

The bond issue would raise the levy 20.4 cents, bringing it to $1.24 per $100 valuation, which means taxpayers' bills would be $1,240 on property valued at $100,000. The bonds would be paid off in 25 years.

There are 778 students in the Minden School District. Although there are some larger classes coming up through the elementary school, overcrowding isn't an issue the district faces, Superintendent Melissa Wheelock said.

Minden High School was built in 1936, with additions in 1958 and in the 1970s. Minimal remodeling projects were completed in 1994. Many areas of the school have problems with temperature control and wireless connectivity or have facilities that haven't been updated in years.

If approved, construction would begin this fall. The new high school would be open for the 2015 school year.

The vote is by mail ballot only. Ballots must be returned to the election commissioner's office in Kearney County Courthouse by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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