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During the spring and summer of 2018, we asked the community for input on the facility challenges we are facing as a district. Residents provided feedback at public meetings and in a community-wide survey, and a resounding 83% of respondents said they supported the need to improve facilities in our district to better serve our students.

Our School Board, in partnership with our community-based Facilities and Finance Committees, evaluated the options to address the problems we are facing, which include inadequate instructional settings, facilities that are not up to code, and increasing maintenance costs to maintain our aging buildings. 

The goal was to find a cost-effective solution that will continue to propel our community forward with a strong, sustainable, and successful school district.

 Please read through the information provided for a detailed look at our facility challenges and proposed solutions.

Why Now?

Click here to view a summary of the top reasons for change given at past community meetings.

In February of 2016 a facillity assesment was done by HSR with community input. To view the assesment report click here. 

ISD 300 La Crescent-Hokah School Review and Comment now availible here.

The school board is proposing a plan that will address the district’s most critical needs. It provides an improved instructional model and a direct benefit to students. This includes:

  • School security and student safety

  • ADA Compliance

  • Aging Elementary building

  • Science, Career, and Technical Education

School security and student safety

As a school district, ensuring a safe and secure environment for our students is our number one priority. This plan includes building a singular, secure entrance within the renovation/addition at the elementary school. It also includes remodeling the middle/high school to create a singular, secure entrance.

Aging Elementary building
The district is facing increasingly high maintenance costs at our elementary building, which was last updated in 1988. Issues include failing roofs, leaking windows and doors, failing HVAC and plumbing systems, an outdated and often-used elevator, non-ADA-compliant restrooms, and a gym floor that is unsuitable for many athletic events and activities.

Science, Career, and Technical Education
The district strives to give students the skills and education they need to be successful in life after graduation. Career and Technical education offers students a comprehensive set of skills designed to give them practical work experiences. This practical training and technical subject matter can prepare students for higher education as well as a full-time job. Two-thirds of US companies are reporting a shortage of qualified applicants for technical positions, and these classes help prepare students for lucrative and rewarding work, with or without a 4 year degree.
With this in mind, this plan includes the expansion of the FAB and Auto labs and STEM/Robotics classrooms, as well as a renovation of our science labs, which are over 60 years old. 

Athletic Upgrades and ADA Compliance
Portions of our Middle/High School Campus and athletic facilities are not currently code-compliant . This plan includes fixes for those issues, including sidewalk access to all athletic fields and remodeling bathrooms and locker rooms to ensure the district is meeting ADA requirements.

What is the Plan?

Our district's elementary building was last updated in 1988. With the physical decline of the building over the years comes costly facility issues like indoor air quality, poor temperature control, and failing roofs. This plan gets rid of the elementary school's current inefficient layout and includes a 52,000 square ft addition and 28,000 square ft renovation. 

At our Middle/High School campus, this plan addresses a number of important issues, including the implementation of a secure entrance to address school safety concerns. In addition, the plan addresses the district's accessibility issues with current restrooms and athletic facilities and includes plans to remodel the 60+ year old science classrooms and expand the current career and technical classrooms (this includes the woods, metal, and auto shops as well as the Art and Family and Consumer Science classrooms). 

These needs will be addressed in two questions on the ballot on April 9, 2019.

As a district, we strive to manage taxpayer dollars wisely. 

School property taxes are among the lowest of our neighboring districts. If the both question #1 and question #2 are approved, the property tax increase on a $200,000 home, the average home value in the La Crescent-Hokah School District, would be $327 per year, or $27 per month.

Click here for detailed information on how the proposed referendum would affect various property types and values.

Click here for a calculator to see how the proposed referendum would impact your property taxes.

PLUS: You may qualify for tax relief.

The new School building Bond Agricultural Credit means that 40% of the cost of existing, proposed, and future construction bond issues on agricultural land will be paid for by the State of Minnesota. The remaining 60% will be assessed to property under the existing formula. Dwelling value of the homestead agricultural property (house, garage, and 1 acre) does not qualify for the credit.

Polls are open from 7:00am-8:00pm on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019.


Sample Ballot - Click Here To View 

Superintendent Cardille made an appearance on WXOW regarding the April 9th referendum on 2/4/19. To view, please click here.

Absentee Voting will begin on February 22nd

By mail or in person at the La Crescent-Hokah District Office from 7:15am - 3:45pm.


Didn't we just approve a referendum?

La Crescent-Hokah Public Schools voters approved the renewal of an operating levy in 2017. This is different from a bond levy, the last referendum for which was approved in 1998. 

What's the difference between a levy and a bond?

Levies are for learning. Bonds are for buildings.

  • The operating levy that was passed in the fall of 2017 has given the district funds to continue running high-quality educational programs. 
  • Bond levies are funds that a district uses for construction and renovation of facilities.
  • The Spring 2019 Referendum is for a bond levy to pay for construction and renovation at both our Elementary and Middle/High Schools.

Why didn't the district budget for renovations and additions?

Our annual capital budget is just enough to take care of routine maintenance and operating costs. The legislature recognizes this and gives school districts the ability to sell small bonds, similar to a home improvement loan, to cover the cost of renovations that annual budgets cannot support. La Crescent-Hokah School District is using those bonds to replace several roofs and HVAC units, however the bonds are not sufficient to meet all of our facility needs as a district.

Why are quality educational facilities important?

There are direct links between the condition of schools and the school's ability to educate. Research shows that factors like poor temperature control, indoor air quality, and lighting can negatively affect student learning. In addition, quality schools play a strong role in attracting families and jobs to a community.

I don't have any students in the district. Why should I support this referendum?

Public schools function not just as educational institutions, but as community institutions as well. Research shows that adults and seniors will benefit from a stronger local economy, a better-skilled workforce, and higher property values. School improvements lead directly to better student performance and as a result- more valuable communities. 

Schools are more than just educational institutions. They strengthen civic life and attract families and jobs to a community.

Are there other tax relief opportunities besides the AG2School Credit?

Yes. There are a number of tax relief opportunities provided by the State of Minnesota.

  • Homeowner's Homestead Credit Refund: Owners of homesteaded property with incomes under $110,650 may be eligible for a refund. Learn more here.
  • Special Homestead Credit Refund: Owners of homesteaded property that experience a net property tax increase of 12 percent or $100 over the prior year may be eligible for a refund. Learn more here.

Where will the new Elementary School be built?

The new Elementary building will be located at the same site as the current Elementary building. This will include a new construction as well as remodeling of a portion of the current building.

When will the district's debt from the last building referendum be paid off?

The last time the district passed a building referendum was 1998. That debt will be paid off at the end of 2019.

What changes will implemented with respect to building security at each site?

Both the Elementary and the Middle/High School will see improvements in student safety and security. The new Elementary will include a secure entrance and the Middle/High School would be remodeled to include a secure entrance.