Community groups endorse Bond Referendum

For Immediate Release: October 29, 2019
WBLAS Contact: Marisa Vette, 651-407-7695, marisa.vette@isd624.org

 

On November 5, White Bear Lake Area School District residents will vote whether to provide funding for building needs across the district. If approved, the bond funding would provide space for growing resident enrollment throughout the district, improve school safety and security, address deferred maintenance needs and update classrooms for more flexible learning spaces. 

Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak has presented the bond referendum information and engaged in Q&A sessions more than 100 times throughout the district. Many municipality and community leaders have expressed support for the bond and acknowledged that it addresses the projected resident enrollment growth that has resulted from home turnover and new construction projects happening throughout the district.

“The referendum question is one of the most important issues our community has faced in decades,” said White Bear Lake City Council member Dan Jones.

Community organizations have formally endorsed the bond referendum, including the White Bear Lake Economic Development Corporation, Hugo City Council, Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation and White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce.

In the White Bear Lake Economic Development Corporation’s letter of endorsement, president Carol McFarlane stated, “A high quality school system with the capacity to prepare students for a successful future is important for the economic health of a community because it enhances its desirability to current and future residents and employers, in addition to improving its ability to meet forthcoming workforce needs.”

The letter of support from the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation included a similar sentiment. “Your emphasis on Career Pathways, facilitated with such programs as the Gen Z Connections, along with many of the local industry partners has proven to be successful for the students involved as well as the business community. This collaboration between schools, business and nonprofit economic development has been beneficial to the entire community. We look forward to our continued partnership which can only be enhanced by the upcoming bond referendum.”

The district’s plan has also been granted a positive review by the Minnesota Department of Education. 

More information about the November 5 election and White Bear Lake Area Schools’ “Building our Future” referendum request is available at www.isd624.org/Bond2019.