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District 191 voters approve two school funding requests

Voters in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 approved both school funding requests on the Election Day ballot Nov. 7:

  • Question 1: 75% yes, 25% no. This approval will renew the district’s operating levy, which provides $7.3 million per year to operate the schools, pay staff and supports classroom materials.
  • Question 2: 63% yes, 37% no. This approval will increase the operating levy to provide an additional $3.9 million per year to help maintain class sizes, protect student support and educational programs and minimize future budget cuts.

“We are so grateful to our community for their yes votes in support of our students, our staff and our educational programs,” said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. “This funding will help us maintain our Vision One91 momentum and ensure each student is future ready, so that all doors are open to them to realize their dreams.”

The increased operating funding will help the school district:

  • Maintain the momentum of Vision One91 by providing students and staff with programs and opportunities to support their success
  • Continue low average class sizes in our schools
  • Attract and retain high quality staff
  • Maintain student support services, including counselors, mental health services and cultural liaisons to support achievement
  • Strengthen college- and career-ready focus, including Pathways, to raise achievement for all students.

"We owe a special thanks to our families and community members including our many partners — our cities, Chambers of Commerce, non-profit organizations, and businesses alike — for understanding that strong schools are the cornerstone of a strong community," said Board Chair Abigail Alt. "We are grateful for our community’s continued support as we do our part in contributing to the vitality of our communities."

The two funding requests were in response to state funding that has not kept up with inflation or increasing educational costs over the past 15 years. This will be the district’s first levy increase in a decade.

Results are unofficial until canvassed by members of the District 191 Board of Education at their next regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16. More information: www.isd191.org/referendum.

See precinct-by-precinct results


 

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Posted: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 21:38