Board approves $5 million building repair project

By: 
Andrea Nelson, andrea@montgomerymnnews.com

A multi-million-dollar facilities improvement project has been approved by the Tri-City United School Board to fix items deemed in need of dire repair by a company hired to complete an independently conducted comprehensive facilities assessment.

The project, which will cover problem areas in all district schools except Lonsdale, was approved with a budget not to exceed $5,285,300.00.

Though a multi-million-dollar project seems to be something that would need to be put before the taxpayers of the district, the school board was able to avoid this by utilizing two funding mechanisms that will pay for the necessary repairs – the indoor air quality fund and the long-term facilities maintenance fund.

As such, funding through the indoor air quality fund will have a potential tax impact to taxpayers, but that amount is undetermined at this time, according to district officials.

Tri-City United Superintendent Lonnie Seifert said that the purpose of the June 27 meeting was to decide the scope of the project the board wanted to move forward with and then address the exact terms of how the project would be funded in the weeks to come.

“We need to select what project to do in the summer of 2023,” Seifert said, adding that if a decision was not made that evening the...

To see more on this story pick up the July 7, 2022 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger. 

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