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De Soto votes down school building referendum

Voters in the De Soto Area School District defeated a single-question referendum Tuesday night by a 762-334 tally.

The referendum question asked for $8 million for additions and renovations to the De Soto High School and Middle School, Stoddard Elementary School and Prairie View Elementary School. HSR Associates Inc. was the architect.

Had the referendum passed, proposed work at the De Soto High School and Middle School would have included conversion of the old gym into a venue for both fine arts and sporting events; geothermal heating and cooling in the new gym addition; and a new gym, including a school and community walking track, wrestling room, fitness room, locker rooms and basketball court.

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Proposed work at Stoddard Elementary School included a new library; geothermal heating and cooling; new office space for added security; classroom space for music and art; modifications of gym restrooms to accommodate outside and indoor use; and a separate bus drop-off area.

Proposed work at Prairie View Elementary School included geothermal heating and cooling; a new roof; a new well; new office space for added security; and classroom space for music and art.

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