Richfield schools warn of layoffs if levy request fails

  • Article by: NICK WOLTMAN , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 30, 2012 - 4:07 PM

Some staff are likely to lose their jobs even if the request passes in the referendum.

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cmaleckOct. 31, 1211:01 PM

Nick, Perhaps it wasn’t clear from our interview but I think there may be an incomplete quoting of my feelings on the subject. It is true that our district funding is considerably lower than neighboring districts and that coupled with a second failed referendum and the subsequent increase in class sizes could lead to a decrease in enrollment from families coming into the district.I still firmly believe families already in the district are fully aware that we have high quality schools which are showing remarkable academic growth. My primary concern for the community of Richfield is that not passing the levy a second time may impact our attractiveness as a school district which will reduce competitiveness in the real estate market and lead to lower home values. The Superintendant, School board, and staff of Richfield Public Schools along with many invested parents of students in the district have worked hard in the past few years to improve the district and share all of the great things happening here. The take-away for all Richfield residents is that investing in Richfield schools is investing in Richfield home values and your community. Thank you.

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