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The board had several community meetings about the change, Webb said. After parents and students had asked questions and could picture the new arrangement, most seemed comfortable with the idea.
The district also wants to improve safety and security capacity at all buildings, in light of recent national tragedies.
Finally, passing the bond will allow the district to buy the district office building, which it has leased for more than a decade.
Steve Doody, facilities committee member and chairman of the “Vote Yes” citizens group, said the community’s response to the referendum seems positive so far, in part because the committee listened to resident input from the start and kept its request reasonable.
The referendum has support from local trade union members, and the mayor and City Council passed a resolution in support of it as well, Doody said.
South St. Paul “is its own little town as opposed to a suburb,” Doody said. “People are very independent, and being that we run an independent school district, we definitely have shown support for it over the years.”
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