Big achievement gains
Over the past five years, our students have been making impressive achievement gains:
View a presentation (with speaking notes) with more details about our progress and the proposed levies.
Current funding cannot sustain existing staff, programs and services that have led to better results.
Over the past six years, our district has reduced expenses by $21 million and achieved an additional $6 million in savings through smarter spending. Even with the small increase from the last legislative session, however, our schools are facing $8 million in budget cuts over the next two years.
In addition, our schools are falling behind neighboring school districts in providing technology to accelerate learning and to help students develop essential life skills.
The need for more technology tools is urgent.
We can’t adequately prepare students for the future when they don’t have the tools for learning today that others are using on a daily basis. Our teachers are ready to teach this way; our students must have access to technology that helps them learn this way.
We heard you. The first round of budget cuts reflected your feedback.
When the operating levy failed last year—requiring cuts for the current school year—community members advised the School Board to push cuts that would most directly affect students to a later year.
Therefore, the $3.1 million in cuts for 2013-2014 focused on administration and other services that have less impact on class size and classroom instruction.
If the operating levy request fails this November, the next round of cuts will directly affect teachers and students.
If the technology levy request fails, our schools will lag behind others, and students will have limited access to technology for learning.
Prepared and paid for by ISD 279-Osseo Area Schools, 11200 93rd Avenue North, Maple Grove MN 55369. This document is not prepared on behalf of any candidate or ballot question.