(Fairfax MN-) By a 3-2 vote Monday the Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) Board of Education proposed to close the Fairfax school beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. The New Ulm Journal says a public hearing on the closure proposal was set for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Gibbon gym. The board is expected to make a final decision on the proposal after the hearing. Board member Becky Vos suggested considering a one-school referendum with less of a land purchase than the referendum that was turned down last fall by about 200 votes. She also suggested considering keeping the Gibbon school and constructing a new school building.

The board tabled action on a potential bond referendum and plans to act on a SOD plan at a Tuesday, Jan. 28, special meeting. Superintendent Lonnie Seifert said the school district is about $550,000 in debt and needs to reduce costs over the next couple years.