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Voters in the Grafton School District opted to approve a $39.93 million referendum during the April 4 spring election.

The referendum garnered more than 56 percent of the vote after a previous version of the referendum, totaling $47.7 million, was rejected by voters last year.

Superintendent Jeff Nelson attributes the success of the referendum to the communication and transparency of the school board, which promoted the referendum at various presentations and on social media.

"We are very pleased with the work that went into the referendum, and this victory reflects that," said Nelson. "Hundreds of hours and people were dedicated to completing this referendum over the last six months, and we feel that it has properly addressed the concerns of the school district."

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Nelson said that the various projects set in the referendum will be underway by August or September.

Grafton Elementary School has been settling into the ground, causing flooding in the basement. It is a problem that the school district would like to address sooner rather than later, which is why it is one of the major projects highlighted in theĀ referendum.

With GES closing, students from that school would be housed at either Kennedy or Woodview Elementary, both of which will undergo renovations to accommodate more students. That would also mean that one principal position would be eliminated, though theĀ board did not elaborate which principal would be let go.

Other plans include smoother traffic flow at all schools, new classrooms and gymnasiums at Kennedy and Woodview, and renovations to several department facilities at Grafton High School.

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