As last week’s election approached, Farmington superintendent Jay Haugen said he was looking forward to seeing what voters decided because then, at least, the district would know. It would know whether it would have to make budget cuts, or whether it could reduce class sizes. It would know whether it would have the money to make needed repairs to roofs, or to secure school entrances.

Well, now Haugen knows. And he knows there is a lot of work ahead.

With voters choosing last week to support both a $433 per student operating levy and a $45 million bond referendum, the district will start work in earnest to determine how best to use that money.

“We will have conversations as we go through the budget process the first part of 2016. Start looking at enrollment. Looking at where things are going,” finance director Jane Houska said. “We heard the community loud and clear that they want the money going toward reducing class size. We also want to be fiscally responsible with the funds.”

Leading up to the election the district said it would likely still hold the remaining three digital learning days planned as part of budget adjustments approved earlier this year. It will assess at the end of the year to see whether to continue them next year.

The discussion of how the levy money will mostly take part in the budgeting process that begins early next year, but for the bond - the money that will pay for physical work - the planning is already under way.

There are 61 projects on the district’s levy-funded to-do list, and while she won’t present a timeline to the board until at least Nov. 23 Houska said the plan now is to get everything done over the next three summers.

The top priority will be roof repairs or replacements at North Trail, Riverview and Farmington elementary schools and at Boeckman and Dodge middle schools. Other projects include improving security at the entrances of many school buildings and adding kindergarten space at every elementary school in the district.

The additional kindergarten space is needed mostly because of the move to all-day kindergarten last year.

Houska hopes to get most of that work done during the summer, but she said getting the kindergarten additions done during the three months students are not in school might be difficult.

“We’re already on the ground running,” she said. “We’re already starting to have meetings about construction for next summer.”

All that work is going to make for a hectic few summers, but Houska said it’s better than the alternative.

“It’s great for our district and our community,” she said. “It’s one of those, I’m very happy that it passed, but which way are we going to go? No matter what, it’s going to be a lot of work.”