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Northern Cass voters overwhelmingly approve increased levy for school building maintenance

Northern Cass School District Superintendent Cory Steiner. Photo for 2016-17 school year courtesy of Northern Cass School District.

HUNTER, N.D. — It was a landslide victory and a testament of "trust" on Tuesday, June 13, for Northern Cass School District as residents voted to approve a 10-mill property tax increase for school building maintenance.

Superintendent Cory Steiner said 131 residents voted in support of raising the levy and that seven voted against it.

"The numbers speak for themselves," Steiner said. "I think it really goes to show that our district has the trust of its stakeholders and we have great people within our district."

The funds will not be used on any major projects with the current school building, which is being paid off this year. Instead, Steiner said the building is old enough to start having repair issues, so the "funds are to make sure we take care of the building for its longevity."

The last time residents in the Northern Cass School District approved a district initiative on the ballot was in 2014 to put an addition on the building.

Ultimately, Steiner said the 10-mill increase lets the district "focus our attention on the academic side of things by maintaining top-notch facilities."

Also on Tuesday, residents voted for two school board members to return: Lori Steffes to the Area 4 seat and Brad Bjerkem to the Area 5 seat. Both members ran unopposed.

"We're glad to have stability in our board. It's really important," Steiner said.

Kim Hyatt

Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.

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