Republican Senator Jeremy Miller of Winona has introduced, bipartisan legislation to provide $20,000,000 in state bonding dollars to the Rushford - Peterson School District for the construction of a new E-12 school.
Miller says the Rushford-Peterson schools are among the oldest in the state with several health and safety concerns and lack of accommodations for the disabled.
He notes in a press release, that the community, including the school, suffered significant damage from flooding in 2007 and are still in the process of rebuilding.
The bill will also provide funding toward a new school for the Moose Lake School District, which was hit hard by flooding in the spring and summer of 2012.
The bonding dollars will flow through the Commissioner of Education and the bill will have its first hearing in the Senate Education Finance Committee on Tuesday.
Both school districts would be required to match a portion of the state funds with local funding through passage of a levy referendum before the state funds would be released.
DFL Senator Tony Lourey of Kerrick co-sponsored the legislation.