The Northfield School Board is holding a special election on November 8 to replace the operating levy for ten years and renew the capital projects levy for ten years. See the District’s 2011 levy election web page. On that page are other links: Levy Costs | Levy Impact | Video Overview | Voting Information | Download a PDF copy of the District’s Levy Guide.
Also see Citizens for Quality Education (CQE). They are “a volunteer group dedicated to supporting Northfield Public Schools. CQE’s focus is to ensure passage of the Northfield School District levy referenda.” There is a CQE Facebook page.
The Nfld News has published 6 of a planned 8 articles about the levy election. They don’t make it easy to find them and the headlines for some make them sound like opinion pieces, but here’s what I’ve found thus far:
- Larger classrooms, fewer teachers loom if levy not passed
- District benefits widely with Capital Projects Levy funding
- As levy vote approaches, school officials say they have done all they can
- Impact of school levy referendum could be far reaching
- Northfield one of 133 school districts to ask taxpayers for more help
- Reasons good for 10-year levy (editorial)
- School levy: How much is enough for taxpayers? (Rep. Pat Garofalo)
- School levy will help maintain quality (Supt. Chris Richardson)
- We’ve been discussing Question #2 in this blog post: Instructional technology in Northfield’s K-12 classrooms: Do we know its benefits enough to support the ten-year capital projects levy? Some of the discussion in the comment thread also encompasses Question #1.
Take your time to get informed, add your comments to the message thread attached to this blog post, and then weigh in on these two straw polls:
Update 11/8, 10 PM: I’ve closed both straw polls. You can view the results anytime.