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March 16, 2018 -
Referendum Letter 


March 16, 2018

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

On February 5, the Milaca School Board held a special board meeting to discuss the district’s 24 month facilities exploration. The Board also revisited projects discussed at the January 22 public hearing. These facility projects will create a better balance between addressing school and community needs while considering taxpayer impact. Throughout the process the Board engaged and collected community input at Town Hall meetings, public Regular and Special Board Meetings, and a Public Hearing.

 

Why are these improvements important to the future of the community and school district? There are four main improvement considerations: 1) improve the school district’s ability to serve our children today and into the future, 2) provide facilities that further facilitate high-level of achievement, 3) negate financial loss and impact of net-negative open enrollment, and 4) establishing the school district as the center of the community.

 

On February 20, the Milaca School Board unanimously approved to proceed taking the improvements to vote on May 8 with a one question ballot to address the concerns listed above. The question reads as follows:

 

Shall the School Board of Independent School District No. 912 (Milaca), Minnesota, be authorized to issue general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $33,385,000, for acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including vocational education & building trades space, various deferred maintenance projects inclusive of roofing, pool, windows and security, a performing arts center, and a field house with community exercise and meeting space?


The Milaca School District will responsibly manage current and future tax levies, while being conscious of tax impact on the community. If the bond referendum passes, taxes on a $100,000 home will increase by approximately $9 per month in 2019.  For the average $140,000 home, taxes will increase by $14 per month in 2019.

 

Save the date! On May 8, Milaca Public Schools will ask the community to vote on these important improvements. To vote early by absentee ballot, complete an absentee ballot application by downloading it from www.milaca.k12.mn.us, Facebook, or requesting a copy from the District Office in person, by phone (320-982-7210), or email (sara.phillippi@milaca.k12.mn.us). Your vote - as someone with a vested and direct interest - is very much needed!

 

We will send details about the bond referendum and additional reminders to vote over the coming weeks. I encourage you to talk with friends and neighbors about the importance of education and preserving our schools for the future of students and our community. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 320-982-7210 or tim.truebenbach@milaca.k12.mn.us.

 

Sincerely,

Tim Truebenbach

Superintendent of Schools

 

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