Nearly 400 St. Germain residents voted May 9 via a yes/no paper ballot on the latest renovations plans — a $2.7 million project to remodel the existing structure while adding an addition. Out of 380 votes, 112 were in favor of the remodel, while 268 voted against it.

Originally built in 1941 and expanded in 1965, the schoolhouse was turned over to the town by the Northland Pines School District several years ago. For the most part, the building has been relatively unused.

Now that the proposal to remodel the schoolhouse has failed, the town board can hold another vote in the future to decide whether the schoolhouse will remain intact or be demolished. The board was authorized to tear down the schoolhouse in the event the proposal failed at an electors meeting April 16.

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