Worthington voters approves $34M expansion of crowded schools

A voter sign sits in a front yard with a school bus passing by in the background.
A yard sign supporting a school funding ballot measure is seen in Worthington, Minn. Voters in this southwestern Minnesota approved nearly $34 million in new borrowing to expand schools filled to overflowing in recent years by an influx of immigrants on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.
Stephen Groves | AP

Citizens in the southwestern Minnesota town of Worthington have approved nearly $34 million in new borrowing to expand schools filled to overflowing in recent years by an influx of immigrants.

Voters in the Worthington-area school district had rejected five similar measures since 2013, but approved a series of three questions on Tuesday.

Some residents had said racism played a role in those defeats. But members of a group that helped sink previous bond proposals say their opposition is fiscal, not racial.

The last referendum, in February, failed by only 17 votes.

The vote in Worthington was one of over 70 referendums taking place in school districts across Minnesota on Tuesday.

Your support matters.

You make MPR News possible. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together.