Over 100 school districts, about one-third of those in Minnesota, are asking voters today (Tuesday, November 8th) for money for buildings, or operating expenses, or both.
Five schools in this area are asking to extend existing operating levies. Hutchinson is asking voters to renew their $128 per pupil operating levy for 10 years. Glencoe-Silver Lake is asking voters to extend their $727 levy for 10 years. BOLD is asking voters to renew their $700 levy for 6 years. Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose is asking voters to extend their $379 levy for 10 years and Sibley East is asking voters to renew their $600 per pupil operating levy for 7 years.
Three area schools are asking voters to increase operating levies. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop is asking voters to approve a $400 increase from $468 per pupil to $870. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted is asking for a $50 increase from $550 per pupil to $600 per pupil and Watertown-Mayer is asking voter to approve a $258 increase from $242 per pupil to $500 per pupil. Those three are ten-year levies.
Of the school districts asking voter to approve bond referendums, Glencoe-Silver Lake is one of them. G-SL officials are asking voters for approval to authorize an $18-million bond referendum that, if approved, would provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities.