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Continued: Lakeville schools to ask voters for $5.6 million levy

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 13, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Also, in contrast to the 2007 vote, there will be more polling places, Snyder said. There will be 20 sites this time, whereas there were only four in 2007.

With no election happening simultaneously and no other questions on the ballot, staffing the polling places will be an “expensive endeavor,” Snyder said.

“But the plus side is, people are really focused on you,” she said. “So there’s certainly some advantages of being the only question on the ballot in getting people’s attention.”

Andy Charrier, a Lakeville resident who coaches speech at the high school, started a blog this year about the district’s financial struggles called “Minnesota, not Mississippi.”

In one entry, he compared the amount the state of Mississippi spends per pupil on education to what Lakeville spends, finding that Mississippi spends more. He chose Mississippi because it is consistently among the five lowest-performing states educationally, he wrote.

Charrier, whose wife is a Lakeville high school teacher, said he supports the levy and the superintendent’s efforts to communicate how cuts have affected the district.

“I’m glad to see them taking a risk,” he said. “It’s not going to solve every single problem in Lakeville, and no one should think that. But it’s going to stave off some really bad stuff if it doesn’t pass.”

Erin Adler • 952-746-3283

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