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What happens if the referendum fails?

What happens if the referendum fails?

If questions one and two aren't approved by voters, $5 million would need to be cut in the 2023-24 school year, resulting in:

  • Insufficient safety and security resources
  • Increased class sizes
  • Fewer opportunities for individualized learning
  • Diminished academic support
  • Reduction in electives and opportunities at all levels  
  • Outdated and unreliable technology tools, systems and spaces
  • Fewer technology support staff for families and employees
  • Limited support services for scholars, including mental health

Without funding in the 2024-25 school year, $49 million would need to be cut. Results would be similar to those listed above, but at higher levels. At least 450 staff members would be cut as well as safety/security resources and technology tools, systems and spaces.

These impacts wouldn’t allow schools to provide the educational experience families have asked for as outlined in the new strategic plan

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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