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Learn more about District 191 plan for the future at two upcoming meetings

Learn more about Vision One91, a plan for the future in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, at two upcoming community meetings.

Vision One91 is a plan to redesign the school district to better meet the needs of today’s learners and ensure each student is real-world ready. Vision One91 is based on over a year of staff, parent, student and community input gathered through staff meetings, PTO meetings, online forms, conversations and community forums.

Vision One91 community meetings will take place at:

  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Metcalf Junior High 2250 Diffley Road, Burnsville.
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Senior Campus Commons, Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville. Childcare provided at this meeting only. To reserve a spot, contact (952) 707-4150.

The school district can pay for some portions of Vision One91 through existing funds but it will require community support of the two ballot questions to be fully realized.

The proposal will be on a ballot on Tuesday, Feb. 24, with two questions for voters:

  • Question1 is a $65 million building bond referendum – the first request since the 1990s – to fund construction costs associated with realigning schools to K-5, 6-8 and 9-12, paying for security upgrades, relocating programs and offices, and expanding early childhood spaces.
  • Question 2 is a technology levy to provide $2.5 million per year for 10 years to provide critical technology for students, classrooms and staff and the infrastructure to support it.

If approved by voters, the tax impact on the average homeowner ($200,000 value home) of each question is approximately $6 per month, or a total of $12 per month if both questions pass.

"Vision One91 will make us stronger, as a district, and strengthen our students so they are on a college or career path when they graduate from Burnsville High School," said Superintendent Joe Gothard. "It is our plan for getting this district from where we are now to where we want to be."

“We've spent the last year listening to our community and shaping Vision One91 to ensure each student leaves our schools ready for a career or college,” said Board Chair Jim Schmid. “Vision One91 is based on education standards, best practices, 21st century learning needs and the realities of our schools. We need community support to make this happen for our students.”

More information about Vision One91 and the election on Feb. 24, 2015, is available at www.isd191.org/referendum.

Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 13:46