Barnesville School Board Fails to Pass LAEC Joint Powers Agreement

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (11/27/19)

Barnesville, MN -- The fate of a new $4.5 million dollar Lake Agassiz Education Cooperative facility was in the hands of the Barnesville School Board, as all of the other four districts in the cooperative had approved the agreement. Unfortunately the joint powers agreement failed at the hands of a 4-3 vote during a special Barnesville School Board meeting on Tuesday night, and because the Lake Agassiz Education Cooperative needed approval of all five boards, the new special education facility in Hawley appears to have been stopped dead in the tracks. Barnesville Superintendent Dr. Jon Ellerbusch says a few of the board members were concerned about the tax impact it would have on the district, which just recently passed a nearly $30 million dollar school building referendum.

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Administration from the five school districts in the cooperative, Barnesville, Lake Park-Audubon, Hawley, Norman County East, and Ulen-Hitterdal, will meet sometime in December to continue discussions.

In other news from the Barnesville School, the district held an auction for sale and removal of a group of houses that the school purchased for their upcoming building expansion. Superintendent Ellerbusch says he was happy to have all the properties sold.

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And Dr. Ellerbusch says the board is continuing to make progress with the design phase of the school expansion and renovation.

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The next regular Barnesville School Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 16th at 7pm.