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October 31, 2020

9/16/2020 9:34:00 AM
Learn more about the Nov. 3 RRC referendum

If you are like me, when you walk into the Red Rock Central school building, you have a sense of nostalgia, especially for the section of the building that has been around for more than a century.
The building has seen a great many students, many successes, many stories and its share of history. I have to admit, however, that the school board and I, and a significant percentage of our community, believe, it's time to retire our historic facility.
There are just too many issues that are negatively impacting student learning. After a long community driven process, the school board unanimously agreed to put two referendum questions on the November ballot.
Our goal was to address as many of our facility issues as possible while keeping the tax impact low for our community members. We would like to encourage you to learn about our facility's challenges and make an informed decision on election day.
Building a strong foundation
The oldest part of our building was built before World War I, over 105 years ago, with multiple additions over the years.
We are not compliant with ADA codes and the inefficient design limits instruction, accessibility, security and our ability to attract and retain students and employees.
The Nov. 3 referendum aims to address these facility issues with construction of a new facility, while taking steps to limit the impact on our taxpayers by reducing our operating levy.
There will be two questions on the Nov. 3 ballot:
• Question 1 would reduce our operating levy to reduce the tax impact of building a new building.
• Question 2 would approve a facilities bond to build a new K-12 school adjacent to our existing school while decommissioning our current facilities.
Be an informed voter
New referendum pages are on the district website at www.redrockcentral.org.
These pages provide factual information about the referendum including why we are pursuing it now, what the process was and what the tax impact will be.
The district must provide only factual information about the referendum by state law and we are dedicated to fulfilling that obligation. You will soon receive a "Referendum Fast Facts" mailing from us. We will be hosting informational meetings soon.
You can sign up for an e-mail newsletter at our website, or watch for information on our Facebook page.
We look forward to continuing the process to address our facility issues and ensure that our district is "rock solid" for decades to come.
Please contact Superintendent Todd Lee at toddlee@rrcfalcons.org, or 507-752-7361, if you have any questions.
Bill Rogotzke is the chairman of the Red Rock Central School Board.

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