The current voter-approved levies—operating and capital projects for technology—are set to expire soon. They make up about 15% of the district's financial resources.
It’s been almost ten years since the community has been asked to reinvest in district schools. Educational needs have significantly grown over this time. The state’s financial contributions, which are about 70% of the district’s budget, have not kept pace with inflation or increasing needs for more than two decades. If state education funding has simply kept pace with inflation, Osseo Area Schools would receive $15 million more next year alone.
It took several months of discussion and review to arrive here. Two community-based groups were part of those efforts, including the Financial Involvement School-Community Accountability Liaisons (FISCAL) and District Technology Advisory Committee (DTAC).
This referendum election is also part of the bold future outlined in the new strategic plan. Osseo Area Schools is committed to giving scholars and families the educational experience they desire and deserve. To do that, the district must foster an environment where it can unleash and enhance the brilliance of each and every one of its scholars to thrive and succeed.