The Owatonna School Board set a May 14, 2019 date for a district-wide vote on a task force recommendation for a new high school. Superintendent Jeff Elstad will prepare the wording for a resolution in addition to a report required by the Minnesota Department of Education, according to a news release from the district.

The Community Task Force on Facilities made the recommendation for a new high school November 26 after holding a series of meetings and building tours over the summer and fall. The estimated cost was stated at 137.8 million dollars. At a subsequent board work session on December 3, several business leaders pledged financial support for the project.

Representatives from Federated Insurance, Wenger Corporation and Viracon indicated support in the form of money and goods and services to construct a state-of-the-art high school.

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