School board seeks answers before deciding on lease

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Whether or not Benson Public Schools will pursue a lease for the civic center is going to depend on just how the City of Benson splits the Xcel Energy funds it is expecting to receive as in-lieu-of-taxes payments.

It will also depend on the commitment of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (KMS) schools to financially support the gymnastics program, which will be the primary user of the civic center. It is expected that KMS students will account for 50 percent of the students involved.

And, finally, School Board Member Jim Berens said he would have a hard time taking the Xcel Energy dollars the school gets from the city’s spending them on the civic center when they should go to teacher salaries...


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