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South Dakota school moves forward with arts center proposal

BERESFORD (AP) — A South Dakota school board has scheduled a bond election in October for a $15 million project that would include a performing arts center attached to a high school.

About 60 percent of voters will need to approve the Beresford School Board's proposal, The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported.

The proposal includes the performing arts center, a student commons lobby, an auxiliary gym and a community-access fitness center, said Brian Field, superintendent of the Beresford School District.

"We hope it becomes a reality," Field said. "We'll know in less than two months."

The project would be funded by the $11 million bond, about $2 million from the Community Capital Campaign and the rest through capital outlay certificates.

"We are going to host another community input night coming up here in September," Field said. "We are also going to be sending out flyers and information to our district residents, too, that have all the information about the project, why we need it and we're going to include information on the impact it will have on taxpayers, the $11 million bond."

The campaign has collected more than $800,000 so far, Field said. The campaign will next start a theater seat fundraiser with the goal of raising aan $750,000. Supporters can spend $1,000 to purchase an engraved plate on a theater seat.

The Watchdog Legacy Project spearheaded the effort to finance the project. The group was formed after initial work on the project indicated the need for an increased scope.