PEQUOT LAKES -- After two failed votes, residents of the Pequot Lakes School District on Tuesday approved using tax dollars for school buildings.
The $20 million building referendum was passed by a 1,576-1,300 vote.
In the Pine River-Backus School District voters turned down, by a 566-868 vote, an operating levy that would have given the school district an additional $300 per student resident.
In the Crosby-Ironton School District, voters approved a levy referendum of $1 per pupil unit, with a vote of 1,853-582.
"I'm ecstatic, actually," said Brad Wallace, Pequot Lakes School Board member. "It's been a long road, something that we've been working on for years and it finally came to fruition.
"I'm happy for the kids, the parents of the district and everybody involved."
The Pequot Lakes School District referendum was downsized from previous failed referendum attempts of $27 million and $24 million. This time around the building levy was defeated at the Crosslake polls, 474-378.
"We were hopeful" this time around, said Wallace, as the last referendum was defeated by only 88 votes. "We thought we had the right plan (this time)."
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