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Wrenshall school district referendum fails

Wrenshall school district voters said no on Tuesday to a $12.5 million bond referendum for school renovations and an expansion to the pre-K-12 school about 25 miles southwest of Duluth, which would have increased the school’s size by more than one-third.

The referendum failed with 72.4 percent voting in opposition, Wrenshall Superintendent Kim Belcastro said on Tuesday night.

“I’d like to personally thank all of the effort that was put into this initiative. The community has spoken and it is not in favor of the proposed plans and a tax increase at this time,” Belcastro said.

The school district’s open enrollment became a factor in opposition to the referendum. Nearly 40 percent of students enrolled in the Wrenshall school district don’t live within its borders and Duluth residents account for about 100 of the school’s 340 students.

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