Anyone who is a U.S. citizen and is at least 18 years old on or before Nov. 8, 2022 can vote in this upcoming election. You do not need to own a home, but do need to be a resident of Osseo Area Schools to vote on school referendum questions. If you are not registered to vote, you can register online or on Election Day at your voting precinct.
Who can vote on the referendum?
Without funding in 2023-24, $5 million would need to be cut. Without funding in 2024-25, $49 million would need to be cut, which would include 450 staff members, safety/security resources and technology tools, systems and spaces.
If approved by voters, the tax increase for the average homeowner ($250,000 value home) would be about $9 per month. Use the tax calculator to find out the impact to you.
Requests an increase in the district’s capital project levy for technology. This pays for classroom learning technology, infrastructure systems and needed support staff. If approved by voters, it would provide an additional $2.3 million annually for the district to additionally prioritize school safety and security technology, tools and systems for all scholars and digital learning spaces throughout schools.
Requests an increase in the district’s operating levy, which pays for day-to-day learning and instructional needs. If approved by voters, it would provide an additional $7 million annually for the district to continue and expand individualized learning, academic interventions, student mental health needs and other critical classroom supports.
If approved by voters, the district would be able to maintain its class sizes. A scientifically-valid community survey this past January revealed that the majority of parents and caregivers would prefer to focus on programming and other individualized learning options when they learned how much a change would cost. To lower class sizes by just one student across all grade levels, approximately $5.2 million a year would be needed.
Social-emotional supports help scholars learn to get along with others, which is critical to success in school, life and work. Scholars then effectively apply their knowledge, attitudes and skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Research shows that the presence of social-emotional supports enhances academic performance and reduces classroom disruptions.