Referendum Community Information Meeting
Referendum Community Information Meeting - April 22
Posted on 04/09/2014

The community is invited to learn more about the May 6 referendum for Technology and Early Learning/Security at an Information Session:

Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m.
Henry Sibley High School (third floor)
1897 Delaware Ave., Mendota Heights

(An Information Session also took place April 8 at Heritage E-STEM Magnet School.)

After several years of research and analysis, the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area School Board (District 197) voted unanimously in February to place two school funding questions before voters at a special election on May 6, 2014.

Question 1: Request a renewal and increase of the Technology Levy (Capital Projects) to $1.7 million annually for 10 years that would be used to:

  • Maintain current technology systems and infrastructure
  • Transition to digital learning - integrate online educational resources such as interactive maps, streaming videos, audio files, real-time photos, up-to-date news, the latest research and more into classrooms
  • Establish an equitable and financially sustainable technology allocation and acquisition model
  • Create 21st century learning environments in each school
  • Establish district-wide computing ratios of 1:2 (one device for every two students) in grades K-2 and 1:1 in grades 3-12

Question 2: Request approval of a Building Bond for Early Learning and Security of $11.2 million that would be used to:

  • Build an Early Learning Center to accommodate growing birth to age 5 programs and alleviate crowding at the district’s elementary schools due to K-12 enrollment growth
  • Expand security measures and remodel the front entrances at all schools

If voters approve both ballot questions, the tax impact on a district homeowner with a home value of $200,000 would be approximately $57 per year ($4.75 per month).

More information, including voter registration materials and additional details regarding the tax impact to homeowners, is available on the District website at www.isd197.org/referendum.