Editor's note: The following is a press release provided by Osseo School District.
The Osseo School District has launched a special election-related section of its website, www.district279.org, to help voters learn more about the levy referendum and school board election on Nov. 6, 2012.
Residents will find comprehensive information on the website regarding the two school funding questions on the ballot. The operating levy request is for $9 million per year for five years to continue the progress schools have been making with all student groups achieving at higher levels; more students taking college-level courses; and more students staying in school and graduating on time. The site also describes the consequences if the levy fails, which would require $14 million in cuts affecting approximately 200 positions, fewer extra-curriculars, and reductions in programs and services.
Details about the technology levy are also available on the website. The tech levy would provide $5 million per year for 10 years to increase student access to technology, train more teachers in using technology for learning, and improve the technology infrastructure.
The site features an online property tax calculator that allows users to estimate the tax impact on their own home. A typical homeowner (with a home valued at $190,000) would pay an additional $13 per month for the operating levy and $6 per month for the technology levy. In addition, the site offers answers to levy-related questions.
Residents may submit levy questions through the website, by emailing WeListen@district279.org or calling 763-391-8639.
A separate section provides information about the five candidates for three open seats on the Osseo School Board. The top vote-getters will be seated in January 2013 for four-year terms.