Levies Failed; Schools Now Face Challenges
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.
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.
However, Teeporten says the district will continue to work to try to get help from the state.
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