The Owatonna School District has identified an approximately 88-acre parcel of land suitable for a new high school, following an extensive review of land options done in partnership with city and county officials. Federated Insurance has signed a letter of intent with the landowner to purchase the land and donate it to the school district, if voters approve the November 5 ballot question requesting funding for a new high school.
According to Federated Insurance Chairman and CEO, Jeff Fetters, “Federated believes that a strong educational system with supportive facilities is at the heart of what drives a successful community. The quality of life in Owatonna is more important than ever, not just for Federated Insurance, but for the future of this community. As such, we’ve chosen to purchase and donate the land to the school district. If we can pass this referendum together, we believe the payoff for our citizens and the business community will be significant.”
The land is located at 1945 SE 18th St, near the intersection of Highways 14 and 218 in the southern part of the community. The parcel rose to the top of other options that were explored based on criteria that city, county and school district planners use to assess available land including traffic flow, proximity to utilities and soil conditions.
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Residents can learn more about the November 5 referendum requests by visiting www.owatonnaproud.org. Questions can be directed to 507.444.8650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.