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Monserrate said that he wants to sort through the options considered by district planning staff, but that the district seems to have some room to borrow for buildings under its current debt limits. “It doesn’t seem as grim as it did before,” he said. Board policy is to pay off 70 percent of existing debt within 10 years, with debt payments consuming no more than 15 percent of revenues.
Gagnon expressed reservations about the proposed arts high school, worrying that it could undermine what she regards as strong performances by students at the district’s seven large high schools. Such a school would potentially compete for students with arts-oriented charter high schools, the inter-district arts high school downtown and the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley.
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