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Voters Approve Operating Levy at New London-Spicer Schools, Reject Increases Tied to Inflation

 

Voters Approve Operating Levy at New London-Spicer Schools, Reject Increases Tied to Inflation

Voter-approved operating levy will allow the district to increase programming and reverse some recent cuts.

Voters in the New London-Spicer School District approved one of two operating levy questions to provide additional funding for district operations in a Nov. 2 referendum election. Voters rejected a proposal for annual increases to the operating levy tied to inflation. 

The unofficial vote count for the $1,020 per pupil operating levy was 1,516 yes votes and 1,273 no votes, while the count for annual increases to the operating levy tied to inflation was 1,151 yes votes and 1,633 no votes. In addition, Renee Nolting has been elected for an additional 1 year term receiving 2,331 votes. The vote will be made official at the school board’s regular meeting on Nov. 8.

“New London-Spicer voters supported our operating levy request to not only strengthen our district, but directly impact students in our schools every day with more opportunities, and we’re grateful,” said Lucinda Dahlberg, chair of the New London-Spicer School Board. “I want to thank voters for taking the time to become educated on the referendum and casting informed votes. This investment will set our district up to be able to work towards the new direction we established during a community process this year.”

Funds provided to the district from the operating levy will be devoted to a variety of priorities established by the district and community members over the last year. The district’s financial situation will see improvements due to an increase in revenue allowing for some of the cuts implemented in recent years that have negatively impacted students to be reversed.  

The referendum will allow the district to:

  • Increase mental health supports for all students in PreK through grade 12 
  • Increase curriculum, instruction, assessment, and oversight to further improve teaching and learning opportunities
  • Maintain technology infrastructure and an 1:1 platform 
  • Return to smaller class sizes 

“We understand that this was not a unanimous decision and that some residents voted no,” said Superintendent Bill Adams. “We are confident that we share a common goal among all our residents of supporting our childrens’ needs. I want to continue to hear voices from different perspectives to better understand the needs of our diverse communities. We will build on that common goal to deliver on our mission of inspiring every student, every day.”

The School Board and district administration will continue to work towards a stable and sustainable budget that is focused on student opportunities and a great educational experience. 

Updates to the community will continue to be provided in the school district’s school board meetings, school newsletters, on social media and on the district’s website at www.nls.k12.mn.us