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With tight space requiring sixth-graders to trek from one school to a different one at midday, the New Prague School District is asking voters to help change things.

The school board signed off on the district's first bond referendum in nearly a decade, a $58.5 million request to pay for a middle school renovation and addition as well as a renovation of the Central Education Campus building. Residents will vote on the proposal May 5.

A 34-member task force began meeting last fall and considered three plans with different price tags before settling on the middle choice in terms of cost, said Jim Connelly, a member of the panel and lifelong resident with five grandchildren in district schools.