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Floodwood voters reject school levy

The Floodwood School District will likely need to cut programming and jobs after voters turned down an operating levy in a special election. The election concluded Tuesday night, with 352 voting against the referendum and 336 voting for it.

The 10-year tax levy, which would have cost $583 per year for property valued at $200,000,  would have raised $3,350 per student.

“The outcome of this election will affect the lives of many deserving students and professional educators in Floodwood,” Denise Specht, president of Education Minnesota, said in a news release. The teachers union said that without the levy, administrators expect to cut at least 12 jobs, combine elementary classes and eliminate electives in high school.

“The students are our future and without this referendum, it will be that much harder to provide the best for them, but we will do what we can with what we have,” Floodwood math teacher Amanda Fjeld said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we will be saying goodbye to some amazing teachers and staff.”

This is the second time in six months Floodwood School District voters have rejected an operating levy. A similar referendum failed in November by just 62 votes. In November, the district was asking for $1,815 per pupil. Floodwood currently has no operating levy, which is very rare in Minnesota.

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