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Board unanimously approves Local Operating Levy Renewal question for Nov. 7 ballot

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2017

WBLAS Contact: Marisa Vette, 651-407-7695, marisa.vette@isd624.org

At their August meeting, the White Bear Lake Area School Board approved a 10-year Local Operating Levy Renewal question to be placed on the November 7, 2017 ballot. This vote will be a renewal of the same question that was strongly supported by our community in the fall of 2011. Approximately 15% of White Bear Lake Area Schools' revenue comes from the local operating levy.

"We have much to celebrate. Our student enrollment numbers are strong, with increases projected in the coming five to ten years," said Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kazmierczak. "Our students have increased opportunities in college-credit courses and Career Pathways, and they're being supported with individualized programs."

A survey commissioned by the Board in the spring of 2017 showed strong community support for the local operating levy renewal, with more than 80% of residents expressing support of the local operating levy renewal that will not increase current taxes.

The perception of the district was found to be good. When asked to grade the local schools, 83% of those who responded gave the district an "A" or "B." Reasons given for the grade included quality of instruction, academic standards, district leadership, student discipline and financial management.

"Strong schools are the crown jewels of any community, and the White Bear Lake Area Schools are strong today thanks to the continued support of our community," said School Board Chair Janet Newberg. "We will ask the community to renew that support on November 7 to ensure our students continue to receive the top-notch education they need and deserve."

In the coming months, the district will host informational community meetings about the the local operating levy renewal. Additionally, district leaders will present district and levy-related information to various groups, including municipality boards, parent organizations and community groups. The presentation schedule began this week, when the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce endorsed the district's local operating levy renewal at the August 17 Chamber meeting.

The August meeting of the White Bear Lake Area School Board included the approval of one additional ballot-related item, a Resolution Relating to Election of School Board Members and Calling the School District General Election for four open Board seats. Candidates currently listed on the ballot are: Deborah Beloyed, Kim Chapman, Jessica Ellison, Jill Engwer, Don Mullin and Angela Thompson.

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