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posted Dec 17, 2013, 6:45 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Dec 18, 2013, 11:44 AM ]
Duluth East students and staff recently took part in College Awareness Day at the school.  Guidance staff provided college t-shirts for teachers and signs were posted outside each classroom door with the teacher’s name, college and degree earned.  Students had an opportunity to these staff members about college and earn an opportunity to win prizes. 

The Girls Restorative Program, a partnership of Men As Peacemakers and Denfeld High School, were nominated for and received a 2013 MN Women's Press Changemaker Award.  The Program uses activities such as a welding course, weekly in-school group meetings and peer mentorship to keep the teens on track to graduate from high school.  The girls - about 100 each year - learn from each other and from guest speakers, talking about economic independence, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, gender norms, engaging in advocacy, building supportive culture and more.

Duluth School Board Approves FY 2015 Levy Certification   

During its regular meeting in December, the Duluth School Board approved the fiscal year 2015 levy. 

·         A portion of the General Fund levy will increase, reflecting passage of the second Education Levy question, approved by voters in November.  This increase will be used to help address class size, student achievement and updated curriculum.  Overall, the General Fund levy is projected to see a decrease due primarily to decreases in OPEB, Reemployment insurance and Operating Capital costs. 

·         The Community Education levy is projected to see a decrease.

·         The Debt Service levy is projected to see an increase as a transition is made away from basing the levy amount on anticipated property sales, which in the past resulted in decreased reserves.  This direction comes with recommendation from Moody’s Investor Service and the ISD 709 Finance Committee in order to provide stability in terms of reductions to the fund balance.  It continues to allow the opportunity to reduce the levy in the future.

The estimated FY 2015 levy increase is about $5/month or $61/year on a $150,000 home. 




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