Lakeville superintendent makes the rounds to talk money

  • Article by: Erin Adler , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 11, 2013 - 12:38 PM

Lakeville’s superintendent is holding several "State of the Schools" forums to tell residents about the district’s financial situation in hopes they will back a levy in the fall.

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i35splitMay. 12, 13 5:59 AM

Talking to people who have kids in the district is preaching to the choir. The levies fail because of the residents with no association to the schools, ie retires, empty nesters. Lakeville now has a high proportion of this age group that consistently votes 'no'.

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beno16May. 13, 13 3:50 PM

I have 3 kids in the district and will be voting no...again. It seems every year the district is out with their hands out for more money. And when it doesn't pass, they will cut transportation and lunches. Why not cut some admin and teacher pensions? And I'm tired of every school district complaining that they aren't spending as much as other districts. It's like thieves complaining that other thieves are stealing better stuff. ALL THE DISTRICTS ARE SPENDING TOO MUCH!

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LVmomMay. 21, 13 8:45 PM

With the State withholding funding for our schools, the districts truly are hurting. No thievery here. While I agree that the much broader issue of teacher pensions could and should be addressed, that's a beast politicians need to take on but won't here in MN. In the meantime, Lakeville has cut a heck of a lot more than transportation and lunches. I don't believe you have 3 kids in the district (that actually attend our schools) because you would know how bad it is. http://minnesotanotmississippi.com/2013/03/19/a-smaller-slice-for-lakeville-students/ This link gives a great run down of the extensive cuts that have been made. Lakeville was once THE district to be in, now it's rounding up the bottom. One of the biggest reasons is our failure to pass a levy, often for the uninformed and plain wrong information being passed around. We are one of the only districts that has not passed a levy to make up for the lack of state funding. Our community needs to band together and support our schools. When it boils down to it, this is about the kids. They deserve a well rounded education, and the way things are headed Lakeville won't be able to provide that. It's a serious situation, more so than cynical people seem to realize. See the bigger picture.

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LVmomMay. 21, 13 9:09 PM

That's a very uninformed comment and I have a hard time believing anyone with 3 kids in the district can say the cuts are limited to transportation and lunches. Wow. It goes so far beyond that. Admin has been cut, teachers have been cut, foreign language, art, band, sports,activities electives, and even classes of the core subjects...the list goes on and on of things that make for a well rounded student and provide good opportunities that our kids deserve. We are broke because the state doesn't give our schools money. There is no thievery going on, we truly are in serious need of the communities help. While I agree that teacher pensions and contracts are a big issue, it's one that politicians need to take on and fight unions, something that won't happen any time soon - if ever- in MN. In the meantime, it's up to the citizens of Lakeville to support their schools. There is so much dated and false information floating around, it needs to stop and people need to realize the severity of this situation. The way to keep a city thriving is by investing in the schools. It's a proven fact. Our district is in big trouble, and people need to research the current facts, to see what really has been cut and how the little money we do have is actually being spent. And then vote yes to a Levy. Our kids need it and deserve it.

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