Results provided by the Cambridge-Isanti School District Office show the bond referendum passed by a total vote of 2,083 yes votes (52.34 percent) to 1,897 no votes (47.66 percent). There was a total of 3,980 votes in the election. These totals include absentee ballots.
1,181 yes votes and 961 no votes were cast at Cambridge City Hall, while 859 yes votes, and 914 no votes were cast at Isanti City Hall. There were also 43 yes votes and 22 no votes turned in during absentee voting.
The Cambridge-Isanti School District asked voters to decide on a $10 million bond referendum, payable for 20 years. The funding will be used to fund the most critical safety, security, repair and maintenance needs of all the school district buildings.
The following is a comment by Superintendent Dr. Ray Queener:
“On behalf of Independent School District 911 I would like to thank the communities for the support of the 2013 Buildings and Facilities Bond Referendum. The support of Cambridge-Isanti Schools is what helps to provide students and all those involved in the schools with positive, life-investing experiences.
To the numerous organizations and individuals of Cambridge and Isanti that represent the communities, your dedication to our local schools and your passion for the communities is greatly appreciated.
With the support of voters, the District is able to move forward with the planning process to address the repair and maintenance needs of Cambridge-Isanti Schools. Construction is scheduled to begin next summer. The improvements to the buildings and grounds will enhance safety, security, and accessibility throughout the district. The District looks forward to keeping the communities updated and aware of the process, and to inform them of how funding will be used to address the critical components of the bond referendum. The communities will be able to access updates and information on the district website.
Providing students with the best educational opportunities will continue to be a priority, and I look forward to working with the schools and the communities to create a valuable future for Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools.”