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Published October 27, 2011, 06:09 PM

Crookston School District Could Face More Cuts

Crookston school district officials hope voters will help keep schools up and running the way they are now. A proposed operating levy increase of 1-thousand dollars per student will be voted on next month, without it programs, teachers and activities may be cut.

Crookston school district officials hope voters will help keep schools up and running the way they are now.

A proposed operating levy increase of 1-thousand dollars per student will be voted on next month, without it programs, teachers and activities may be cut.

The Crookston School district has made many cuts over the past few years, and will have to make more if too many people vote no on November 8th.

"This is not the kind of levy that they used to talk about as an excess levy, this is a levy we need to keep the doors open at the same rate their open today." Crookston High School teacher Dave Davidson said.

The proposed levy would raise one-thousand dollars per student for ten years. The current levy amounts to about 600 dollars per student... Part of that will expire after this year, so the 2012 levy would actually total $1350.

"It'll be 1350 for a while but then in 2015 when that 250 drops then it's going to be a consistent amount for 10 years of 11-hundred dollars." Crookston Schools Superintendent Wayne Gilman said.

If approved, the owner of a 100-thousand dollar home would see a property tax increase of 256-dollars. If the levy fails, school official say they'll have to make more than a half a million in cuts.

"At the high school level we're going to have to give up electives, family consumer science, business, career tech., these are things that are important that people value, they may have to. We've talked about one less principal, closing Washington our kindergarten 1st grade school, we'd just have to close the doors." Gilman said.

It would help pay to keep staff, buy new buses and to update wiring. The school hasn't purchased new computers since 2006.

"We've tried as hard as possible to maintain quality programming, mostly that's done." Davidson said.

"We're under a lot of stress, districts are really hurting all over the state and we're trying to do what's best for the children and hoping for a positive vote." Gilman said.

Another question on the ballot is a proposed 1-hundred dollar increase per student to keep the Crookston Community Swimming Pool open.

The special election is Tuesday, November 8th.

Voters can cast their ballots at St. Paul's Church from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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