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GSL’s building bond info campaign includes school tours, forums

Glencoe-Silver Lake School officially kicked off its informational campaign for its proposed $24.19 million building project at the Glencoe Business Expo Feb. 22, and is continuing its efforts with weekly tours of Helen Baker Elementary and public forums.
At Monday night’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Chris Sonju said he had a steady stream of visitors at the school’s booth at the Expo.
“I don’t think I had three or four minutes, ever, between people stopping at our booth,” said Sonju. “There is a lot of interest out there.”
The project, if approved by district voters on May 12,  proposes to eliminate the Helen Baker Elementary School and build an addition at the junior high and high school site to accommodate the district’s kindergarten through second-grade students. The project also includes upgrades to the Lincoln Junior High and high school facilities.
On Tuesday of this week, the school district began hosting tours during the school day at Helen Baker and the high school and junior high school complex so that people can see firsthand what the district is dealing with, said Sonju. He said it is especially appropriate to have those tours during classroom hours so residents can see the conditions under which students are learning.
Tours will be held each Tuesday until the election with a 10 a.m. start at Helen Baker and an 11 a.m. start at the high school.
In addition, Sonju said that first public forum has been tentatively set for Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m., at Helen Baker School.
“We’ll be scheduling one or two more as the election gets closer,” said Sonju.
In related business, Business Manager Michelle Sander said she has been working with Ehlers, the school’s financial consultant, on getting together tax impact information.
Like past referendums, the school plans to put a link on its website so that residents and other property owners can find out the tax impact on their property if the referendum passes.
Sander said Ehlers is finishing up the hyperlinks, after which Sander will review it, and it “should be up and going within a week.”
Sander said the tax impact links will be on the school district’s home page on its website, which is www.gsl.k12.mn.us.