Michiana school district nears getting money for needed work

Mishawaka, Ind. A Michiana school district is one step closer to getting what many say is a much-needed makeover for its facilities.

Last month, the Mishawaka School Board voted in support of a $28-million referendum that would provide funding for the upgrade.

And Wednesday, the St. Joseph County Election Board approved the form of the question that could go before voters, if the issue is placed on a special election ballot this November.

Officials say the referendum would pay for worn out roofs, outdated computer labs and old fire alarm systems, and not the separate field turf project.

“The biggest misconception is that we are hearing that people think that the football field is part of this project,” says Randy Squadroni the business manager for the School City of Mishawaka. “That is not the case. The football field is still going to be funded by private donations, and so we want to make sure that's real clear for folks that this is strictly items that are needs for the schools.”

The next step in the process is getting approval from the Department of Local Government Finance, which will be reviewing the question to get it on the November ballot.

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