Voters in Shakopee and Jordan decided the fate of major school construction projects Tuesday, but with very different results.
In Shakopee, voters overwhelmingly rejected an $89 million proposal that would have provided $78 million in bond funding to build a second high school. An additional $11 million would have gone toward maintenance and improving security and outdoor spaces.
Unofficial results indicated 3,270 no votes and 1,947 in favor.
Superintendent Rod Thompson said in a statement that the “district needs to re-engage with the community to figure out what part of this plan needs to be adjusted so that we can provide adequate space for our enrollment crunch.”
Shakopee officials said they needed the new school to relieve overcrowding and accommodate future growth.
Meanwhile, in nearby Jordan, voters easily approved spending $29.345 million on a complete middle school remodel, and authorized the construction of a $5.245 million community center next to the middle school.
Unofficial results indicated 1,081 votes in favor of the first request and 570 votes against. For the second request, 913 voters said yes and 729 voted no, according to Jordan Superintendent Matt Helgerson.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Helgerson. “It’s great for our kids, obviously for question one, and with question two, it’s great for our community.”
In Jordan, the spending plan will increase annual taxes by $297 on a median-priced, $200,000 home.