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Byron Voters to Decide on New Facility

Created: 03/11/2014 6:11 PM KAALtv.com
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It would cost taxpayers money, but would give kids opportunity.

"We moved to Byron specifically for the schools and are very excited to support them," said Amy Bowers.

Bowers voted “yes” on Tuesday when voting for a $25.3 million bond request for Byron Public Schools, saying it's important that the district has the room and facilities to accommodate students.

"I think they need to cut down on the fancy frills and get down to the basics of what they need like rooms and computers and that sort of thing," said Janice Weathersby.

BPS Superintendent Jeff Elstad says the growing population in and around the Rochester area has led to overcrowding in Byron’s schools. With population continuing to rise he sees this vote as vital for the future of BPS.

"Our current elementary is actually right now at capacity whereas last year we were about 80 students over in that building, so the building was completely exhausted," said Elstad.

Being over capacity forced the school boards hand to move kindergarten classes this year into the community ed building, which now is also filled to capacity.

"We need new buildings or we're going to be overcrowded and that's not good for kids," said Brenda Larsen.

Larsen also voted “yes,” saying it's not just important kids have the space, but educators as well.

"I think that class size is very important for educators to do their work and keep the high level of education that people have grown to expect here in Byron," said Larsen.

The new facility would be adjacent from the current elementary school.