Okoboji School Board Opts Not To Take Any Action For Now Over Middle School Construction Issues; Review Cost Projections For Phase 2 Projects

Tue 2-23-2021

(Milford)-- The Okoboji School Board Monday evening met in closed session to discuss a possible legal matter. Board members last month indicated they would look into the possibility of legal action to address construction deficiencies at the new middle school. After reconvening in open session last night, the board opted not to take any action for now.

The board then held a work session to talk about phase two projects. Among those is some roofing projects; replacement of HVAC systems; some renovations to the auditorium; construction of a new multi-purpose wrestling practice facility; and several improvements at the high school including improvements to the kitchen, commons area, and a transportation facility. The board met with the architect on the project who gave an update on projected costs. He said he was able to shave costs off most of the projects, but he said there are two he's concerned about...Project Cost Concerns 

The phase two projects are being financed by local option sales tax revenue.

The Okoboji School Board also reviewed the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. It would set the levy at $9.25, down from the current rate of $9.56. Superintendent Todd Abrahamson says a huge growth in valuation can be attributed to that. He says the Okoboji School District's taxable valuation has ballooned to $1.6 billion.