This homemade lawn sign seems to reflect the feelings of a majority of residents who cast ballots in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District levy vote. The referendum questions were voted down in the Nov. 3 election. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Across the state, voters approved at least one operating levy request in 47 districts on Election Day, for a passage rate of 90 percent.
While total enrollment is nearly the same this school year as last, District 622 has seen a small spike in the number of students enrolled in special-education programs, and needs to hire additional staff to meet state requirements for student-tea
Levy would remain flat if referendums fail this fall
The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board approved District 622's preliminary property-tax levy at its Sept. 22 meeting.
Board members certified the proposed levy maximum of $41,339,197 for 2016. If the preliminary levy is approved at its maximum in December when board members will vote on a final levy, it would be the same amount approved by the board last year.
Property-tax increase would average $29 per month
At an Aug. 25 North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School Board meeting, superintendent Christine Osorio said District 622 ranks dead last when it comes to per-pupil funding out of the 20 largest metro-area school districts.
District 622 needs to double its per-pupil spending, Osorio said, or risk falling even further behind.
Fifth grade students at Transfiguration Catholic School in Oakdale helped their families conserve energy and save on utility bills this summer after participating in an in-school energy conservation program last school year.
Levy increase would bring district in line with metro average
District 622 leaders are looking to double per-pupil spending in the district at the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Voters will likely see two questions on the ballot in November, asking for approval of an operating levy increase of $900 per pupil, and a $3 million capital projects levy. The capital projects levy would be used to fund the purchase, installation, and maintenance of software and technology for classroom instruction. Both levy proposals are for a period of 10 years.