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Referendum and Voting Information
Levy, Bond and Voting Information
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|Continuing to ensure quality learning for students||Ensuring facilities meet the needs of students||Learn where, when and how to vote|
*Maintaining class size and individualized programs
*Investing in needed technology upgrades
*Ensuring quality facilities to meet the needs of students
- Our students achieve among the top performing districts in the State of Minnesota on MCAs and continue to show consistent growth annually.
- Our district is committed to maximizing resources toward student learning and the classroom and continues to invest to meet this aim.
- State funding has not kept pace with inflation and district operational expenditures. These funding gaps are challenging our capabilities of maintaining quality programs and class size.
- Our facilities and learning environments are important community investments and need to be maintained.
On November 8th, 2011, residents of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District will have the opportunity to vote on an operating levy designed to support and maintain high-quality learning, programming investing in needed technology upgrades and and a building bond to maintain and repair our facilitiess.
The levy proposal will support:
- Maintaining class size
- Maintaining programs and improving individualized program options
- Investing in needed technology upgrades
The bond proposal will ask the community to consider:
- Repairing, repurposing and upgrading facilities and learning spaces
The first question proposes to renew and increase the operating levy that has been in place since 2001. The district has collected $1.2 million annually for the current levy; the proposed 10 year levy will collect 2.9 million annually. If the levy vote does not pass, the district will need to reduce its annual budget by over $2 million. The additional funds raised by the proposed levy will focus on maintaining class sizes, individualized programming, and educational technology.
The second question is a building bond proposal that would provide funds for maintenance and repair of the district's current buildings and facilities. The $9 million bonding proposal would pay for repairs to roofs, parking lots, heating, ventilation, windows, lighting, technology infrastructure, repurposing the District Office to accommodate Early Childhood, Community Education, and a Community/Senior Center, co-curricular repairs and general repairs. These projects are important to ensuring safe and well-maintained buildings for students, staff and community.