To the editor:

In light of the result of the referendum vote, it remains essential to thank our community businesses for their pledged support for our proposed new high school. Thank you for believing in the educational needs of the children of our community. 

Next, thank you to Mr. Elstad, the Owatonna School Board, the Task Force and Vote Yes Committee members. Do not be discouraged, your work and desire for the best opportunities for the children of Owatonna have not gone unnoticed. 

Thank you to the almost 6,000 Yes voters. You also believe in the importance of a strong educational system and the importance of a healthy, well designed structure to support learning. 

My heart is heavy today, but I know my fellow colleagues remain diligent to provide the best education for our future Owatonna residents.

Gerri Struss

Proud Owatonna Educator, Parent and Grandparent

Owatonna

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