Duluth School Board to ask for operating levy vote, cuts teachersThe Duluth School Board has agreed to ask Duluth residents for more classroom money next fall.
By: Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune
The Duluth School Board has agreed to ask Duluth residents for more classroom money next fall.
The board voted 5-0 Tuesday night to have an operating levy vote during the November elections. Member Mary Cameron was absent and member Art Johnston abstained.
The current amount of $365.60 per student runs until June 2014. Johnston said he wanted to set the amount at the current rate, but Superintendent Bill Gronseth cautioned the board against setting any specific amount this early in the process.
“There is plenty of time to go for an amount,” he said.
The district last asked voters for money to be used for classroom expenses in fall 2011, and the measure was defeated by a fairly wide margin.
Duluth resident Tom Albright spoke during the public comment period encouraging the board to move forward with a levy.
“Schools are anchors of neighborhoods and selling pieces for new families moving to town,” he said.
Resident Marcia Stromgren said she’d work to defeat an operating levy.
“Throwing money at the problem will not work,” she said. “You just raised my taxes 10 percent.”