ZUMBROTA — During a special meeting on Aug. 19, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa School Board voted to move forward with a three-question bond referendum that would help to improve their current facilities.

Those three questions are:

  1. $38.585 million for safety and security, HVAC improvements, classroom additions and renovations and more infrastructure improvements.

  2. $3.35 million for a new Mazeppa gymnasium while also converting the current gymnasium to be the school’s cafeteria.

  3. $4.945 million for Zumbrota gymnasium construction, track and facility improvements, baseball field renovations, enhanced child safety bus parking and other athletic field upgrades.

Superintendent Michael Harvey said the board learned a lot from the survey sent out a few months ago. Having three questions, where the first is entirely focused on academics and infrastructure improvements, is what Harvey feels the community expressed in their survey results.

A majority of residents support improving the district’s buildings, the survey found but the cost -- $49.95 million -- was too high in the last referendum. Now, separating those costs will help give residents some relief.

Questions 2 and 3 are contingent on Question 1 passing, Harvey said. The district can’t move forward with any of the projects unless the $38.5 million request passes.

Zumbrota-Mazeppa residents will have their chance to vote on Nov. 5.