During the August Business Committee meeting, Superintendent Bill Gronseth presented three options to renew the current education levy. The options would provide an opportunity to vote on renewing 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.Superintendent 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, updating curriculum materials, and raising student achievement/closing the achievement gap.
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Schools Available for Community Use
Community groups, agencies, churches, sports associations and others use ISD 709 facilities for their activities. Schools are used to host meetings, events, educational or recreational activities.
Those interested in using facilities or grounds complete an application form, available through most school and community education offices or online at ISD709.org.
A brochure summarizing use guidelines and a fee schedule is available at ISD709.org or by calling Duluth Community Education at 218-336-8760.