Fall Lake has levy say, no studentsWith an upcoming levy vote, the Lake Superior School District has been trying to convince a lot of people a rise in property taxes are needed. Recently the district met with Fall Lake residents – who may need more convincing than any other group.
With an upcoming levy vote, the Lake Superior School District has been trying to convince a lot of people a rise in property taxes are needed.
Recently the district met with Fall Lake residents – who may need more convincing than any other group.
Fall Lake, in the northern half of the county, has students going to school in Ely because it’s a much shorter distance to travel compared with going to Silver Bay or Two Harbors. Since there is open enrollment, state-aid follows those students.
Residents there still have the right to vote on the operating levy despite its zero effect on students in the township.
“We walked out of Fall Lake thinking we were OK,” said Phil Minkkinen, district superintendent at a school board meeting last week. He wondered himself if there was any benefit for the students if the levy was passed. The board discussed having whatever amount approved for the levy be passed on to the Ely district as part of a tuition agreement.
One of the levy questions would ask for $425 per pupil unit, which means property taxes would go up $69.94 a year on a $100,000 home for 10 years. There is also an option for an increase $300 per pupil unit, which would increase property taxes by $49.37 on a $100,000 home for 10 years. A third levy option will ask for $550 per pupil unit, which would mean about a $90 increase in annual property taxes per $100,000 for 10 years.
If the $550 question is passed, schools would likely stay open five days a week next year, more buses could be purchased, more money could be spent on curriculum items including arts, and there’s a possibility of lowering athletic fees. The school pool could also stay open all year.
A $425 levy would mean more curricular items being purchased along with buses, plus schools would stay open five days.
If only the $300 was passed, funds could only be used for buses and curricular items and a four-day week would likely be implemented.
Minnehaha Elementary School has been awarded the Distinguished School Award 2010 for the students’ improvement on their Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment math and reading scores for 2008 to 2009.
The school was recognized by the Minnesota Association of Administrators of State and Federal Education Programs. Accepting a plaque of recognition was Minkkinen March 25 at the association’s annual spring conference.
The school has implemented several new programs and strategies to support student learning. Last year the school implemented a new math curriculum. The new curriculum provides online tutorial instruction for students at home.
This year’s focus has been on development for teachers and implementing new reading and writing programs to support all students.
The school district has discussed selling the deep fryers in its kitchen. “We are not using them anymore,” Minkkinen said. He said the one purchased for the new Two Harbors High School cost $15,000.
The search has begun for a new principal at Two Harbors High School. Current principal Bob Nyberg will retire after 34 years of service. There are 30 applicants for the position.
If you go
More levy talk
- There will be a meeting to discuss more “levy promotion” ideas for the district at 7 p.m. Monday in the Two Harbors High School community room.