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Dist. 84 OKs November referendum

Voters to decide two questions

June 11, 2011
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

SLEEPY EYE - The Sleepy Eye Public School Board unanimously approved resolutions Thursday for a two-question, special election levy referendum on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.

The first question would generate $750 per pupil unit (ppu) a year, the second question $250 ppu for school district technology improvements. Both referendums would last seven years.

Supt. John Cselovszki said the referendums were based on feedback received from surveys done by the board after last November's 10-year, $1,567.16 ppu referendum failed by a vote of 1,526 to 642.

"I feel there is support for it," Cselovszki said about the two-question vote this fall.

Board chairperson Ron Geiger said he heard from people that last fall's referendum was too high and for too long.

"I hear some positive things about a lower, shorter referendum that would raise taxes $13 a month on a $100,000 home and keep the district from going into debt within 2 1/2 years," Geiger said.

Now we need to get the word out," he added.

Joe Schieffert of Sleepy Eye Bus Service Inc., who attended the meeting, will help lead a local vote Yes committee supporting a positive referendum vote.

The board approved:

Holding a surplus property garage sale on Saturday, June 11 behind the high school building.

Listened to a Community Education update from Early Childhood Family Education staff.

Pat Stevermer said the biggest funding affect is due to the school district population census that decreased from 5,878 in 2000 to 5,491 in 2010.

Stevermer said most students apply for United Way Youth Scholarship grants which awarded $24,581.17 in Brown County this year.

Parents of pre-schoolers can signup for the Imagination Library through the United Way which sends a book a month to each pre-schooler's home address until they are five years old.

A $22,498.48 .71 FTE (full-time equivalent) social studies/history position and $1,946 junior high girls basketball coaching job to Jacob Langemo.

A $9,846 .65 FTE long-term substitute job to Kristine Erickson.

A 2011-2016 maintenance contract with Dashir Management Services, Inc.

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