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Carlton School Board to vote on $5.55 million in projects

Carlton School Board members are poised to approve approximately $5.55 million worth of health and safety improvements to school district facilities, money that would come from bond sales not approved by voters.

The board will hold a public hearing Monday on $630,591 in abatement bonds that would be used to pay for parking lot and sidewalk improvements at Carlton High School and South Terrace Elementary School. The hearing will be during its 7 p.m. meeting at Carlton High School.

They aren't required to hold a hearing on planned health and safety improvements at South Terrace, which will cost just over $4.92 million and replace a 55-year-old boiler, add a fire suppression system and also address air-quality issues.

The planned projects and bonding come after Carlton voters overwhelmingly rejected a $22 million to $27 million two-question bonding referendum in August for a new and remodeled preK-12 school at the South Terrace site.

Since then, board members have been exploring how to correct the most pressing facility issues. The state allows school districts to bond for money to address health and safety issues and abatement without going to the voters.

If approved, the bond sales would result in an increase of $122 per year in school district property taxes for a home valued at $150,000.

The Carlton School Board will also hold a public hearing and vote on the proposed tax levy payable in 2018 on Monday at 6:30 p.m., before the regular school board meeting at 7 p.m.

The levy is expected to increase by 2.36 percent, from $1.21 million in 2017 to $1.24 million.