Levies Failed; Schools Now Face Challenges

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 6:50 am

Elections and voting are over and several local schools are now faced with even more challenges after levy referendums failed in districts like Cambridge-Isanti, Ogilvie and North Branch.  North Branch Community Relations Coordinator, Patrick Teeporten, says not passing the levies means cuts are inevitable.

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The first question on the North Branch referendum was for a $335 increase per pupil.  Teeporten says had the referendum passed, it would have meant $1.4 million a year for five years.  The second question was for $140, which Teeporten says would have resulted in $600,000 for five years.

Teeporten says the anticipated cuts makes it likely families will look at other districts to avoid over crowded classrooms and limited programs.

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However, Teeporten says the district will continue to work to try to get help from the state.

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