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Grand Meadow to vote on school expansion

GRAND MEADOW — Grand Meadow School District voters will be asked March 11 to loosen a space squeeze in the schools by approving a $13.7 million bond issue to add space and renovate existing space.

The project would add 71,200 square feet to the present 103,000 square feet. New facilities would include another gym, more classrooms and more space for music. Some of the present space will be renovated to enlarge the school's technical areas, including small-engine repair, welding and woodworking.

The school now has only one gym, said Principal Paul Besel. More important, Grand Meadow is growing, adding more than 20 percent to its population in a decade, he said.

The school, known for its five connected domes, was build for 400 students but it now exceeds that, he said.

If voters approve issuing bonds, the school would be opened in the fall of 2015, according to a page on the referendum on the school's Web page, www.gm.k12.mn.us.

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