Voters Approve Levy For Learning

Voters Approve Levy For Learning Click to Enlarge Photo: Steven Coursolle (KNSI)

(KNSI) - Voters in the Sartell-St. Stephen School district have approved an operating levy for their new high school.

The district approved a $1.77 million levy for the next ten years to help run the new Sartell High School by a vote of 3047 yes votes (57.22%) to 2276 no votes (42.47%).

Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert told KNSI News that he's happy with the results.

"We live in such a great community that supports education. We're just very pleased with the result, and I just can't thank our community enough."

The referendum will give them the funds needed to keep class sizes small and continue to teach the way they have for years.

Last year the school district asked voters for the same levy, but it was voted down.

"Voters didn't understand what we were asking for last time. We didn't do it well enough. So this time, we were much more clear about what we were trying to do."

The district warned voters they would need to come back to them with help funding the school because they're operating new space, not replacing old space.

The district waited until the building was built because they didn't need the taxes while the school was under construction because it wasn't being used yet.