The safety and security of our students, staff and community is the highest priority of the district. Last year’s community-approved technology levy funded the technology needed for safety and security improvements at district schools. The Building a Better Future, Phase II plan, if approved by voters, would address safety and security needs in relation to the physical school buildings. This includes improvements to the entrances at Maple Grove, Osseo and Park Center Senior High Schools and additional safety/security enhancements at all schools in order to meet district standards as well as the latest safety/security best practices.
I thought the 2022 levies addressed safety/security. What are the current needs?
- Projects to improve safety/security would not proceed.
- Crowded conditions and large class sizes would continue. Attendance boundary adjustments would be required at all levels to provide relief, which is estimated to move 6,000 students from their current schools.
- Learning spaces would continue to age and become less relevant.
- Inconsistent learning experiences would continue.
- Budget cuts would be required. Projected to be at least $31 million (approx. 300 jobs).
The question on the ballot lists the proposed projects included in Building a Better Future, Phase II plan. This is how voters will see it presented.
Last year’s community-approved technology levy funded the technology needed for safety/security improvements at district schools. The Phase II plan, if approved by voters, would address safety/security needs in relation to the physical school buildings. This includes improvements to the entrances at high schools and additional safety/security enhancements at all schools in order to meet district standards as well as the latest safety/security best practices.
Building a Better Future, Phase II, builds upon the work already started in Phase I and the district’s new strategic plan. These are the school building improvements that would continue that forward movement. Note: These proposed projects were determined through a multi-year research process that involved students, staff, families and community members.
At its Jan. 10 work session, board members heard from various study groups on their facility needs findings throughout the district. The teams were: Enrollment and Capacity Management Advisory Committee, Furniture and Next Generation Learning Space, Career/Technical Education, Community Education, Specialized Services, and Magnet Schools. Visit the school board document page for each group's in-depth research.
Essentially, levies are for learning support (staff mainly) and bonds are for buildings. Levies fund the day-to-day learning operations of a school district. Bonds fund major renovations or additions to the physical school buildings.
A referendum is the holding of an election for levies and/or bonds.