Eagle Update: CTE open house and referendum plan

New Ulm Public Schools is hosting a community open house for the new Career Technical Education (CTE) Center on Wednesday, Oct 20th, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The CTE Center is located at 208 North Valley Street.

There will be a presentation at the start the open house covering the background of the development of the center, the community support to help it get off the ground, and the number of workforce programs offered for students.

Guided tours will be provided with guests able to interact with students to hear what they are learning in the skilled trades. The CTE Center is truly a community asset with great community support.

The School District is conducting a Special Election on Nov. 2, 2021 to ask voters two questions: 1) to revoke and replace current referendums in place, and 2) to ask for support that would provide additional funds for our Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that support Workforce Development in our region and community.

The school district has a referendum question expiring after this school year and another the following year. In order to renew the first question, the election has to occur this fall. There are no other local municipalities (city, county, townships) with an election this fall. With no other municipalities having an election, this is called a special election. The school district is responsible to oversee the election.

There is only one polling location for all voters for this special election, the New Ulm Community Center, 600 North German Street, New Ulm. The hours of the election are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee voting is available Monday-Friday, from 7:30 to 4 p.m. in the district office until the day prior to the election.

The two current voter approved referendums generate $1.8 million dollars annually to support our students and programs. Many programs support students and families who have unique needs in order to learn and grow. Because the state and federal government require specific programming for these students, we are required to pay for additional staff, bussing, academic resources, and specialists who help determine programming for each student. These requirements are not fully funded, and we spend over $2.2 million dollars out of our general fund to pay for these federal and state requirements.

The school district will hold a referendum informational meeting at the New Ulm High School Auditorium, 1600 Oak Street, on Monday, Oct 25th at 7 p.m. More election information can be found on our district website at www.newulm.k12.mn.us.



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