During the August 12 Business Committee meeting, Superintendent Bill Gronseth presented three options to renew the current education levy. The options would provide Duluth voters an opportunity to vote to renew the current education levy with no property tax increase. The current levy generates about $4.4 million for education. In Duluth, if an education levy is passed, the State provides $1.1 million in additional state funding for local schools.
Gronseth said the Board could also consider adding a second question, providing citizens an opportunity to vote on increasing local education funding by $1.8 million, which would result in a tax increase of about $3.78 per month on a $150,000 home.
This referendum would help support community priorities identified through the Think Kids initiative and 4-year continuous improvement goals which include reducing class size by at least 10% in all grades, updating curriculum materials, and raising student achievement/closing the achievement gap.
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