School referenda split throughout Minn.

by Tom Weber, Minnesota Public Radio
November 5, 2008

The results of school levies and bonds in Minnesota Tuesday were almost evenly split. So far, 35 of the questions have passed; 38 have failed.

Click on the markers to see how each district voted.

A levy in Minneapolis overwhelmingly passed, as did a second ballot question to change the makeup of the school board. A failed levy in the McLeod West School District means that district will start the process of shutting down. Leaders say they don't have the money to continue. There will be a special school board meeting Wednesday night to discuss options.

The largest bond issue in Minnesota was in the Hutchinson School District, where two bonds asked for a combined $60 million to build a new school and renovate other buildings. Both bonds failed.

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