Aug 7, 2012 at 7:42 am
SAUK RAPIDS, MN (KNIS) - Sauk Rapids-Rice School District Superintendent Dan Bittman is recommending the school board seek a five-year operational levy.
It comes after a community survey in which 87-percent of respondents were in support of the district seeking a referendum. Sauk Rapids-Rice sought levy approval in 2011, but voters turned back two ballot questions intended to stabilize school finances and provide more money for technology.
Bittman told the board that if enrollment and state and federal funding were to stay the same for the next five years, they'd ask for $285,000 per student to maintain current programming. He says without the levy in place, class sizes could rise.
The school district has until August 24th to notify the state whether it will seek an operating levy referendum. The school board will make its final decision at its August 20th meeting.