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Brandon Valley voters approve $6 million school

BRANDON (AP) — Voters in the Brandon Valley School District in southeastern South Dakota have approved a new school to house fifth- and sixth-graders.

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Seventy-seven percent of the 1,645 people who cast ballots Tuesday approved borrowing about $6 million for the school, well more than the 60 percent majority required.

The 20-year bond will cost the owner of a $200,000 home an additional $56 in taxes per year.

Construction of the school is to start in the spring. It's scheduled to open in August 2015.