In November, the Lakeville district plans to ask voters to approve a $3.2 million levy referendum -- just two years after voters approved a $5.6 million referendum.
The school board hasn't yet approved putting the tax request on the ballot, but is expected to do so at an upcoming board meeting, according to Michael Baumann, executive director of business services.
The first question, a $2 million capital levy, would fund technology upgrades, including new devices. It would also pay for security improvements and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) equipment at the high schools.
Question number two is a $1.2 million operating levy that would hire more teachers to reduce class sizes at the high school, restore elementary-level art classes and add fifth-grade band. It would also help fund curriculum for Project Lead the Way, an engineering program.
The board had considered making the passage of each question contingent on the other question's approval, but decided against it. Still, the two questions go together, said Judy Keliher, board member.
"Either one question or the other does not do it by itself," she said. "The success of both questions will help move our strategic plan forward."
In the seven years before the 2013 referendum, the district cut $30 million from its budget, resulting in bigger class sizes, higher fees for activities and busing, and art and music cuts.
Slowly, the district is bringing some of those things back. Using money from the 2013 referendum, more elementary school teachers have been hired, decreasing class sizes. The 2015-16 budget includes more money, allowing the district to reduce activity fees for some sports and re-institute return busing from games.
Keliher said the strategic plan guided the proposed 2015 referendum, and that plan was made by residents.
"The voters are the ones who helped draft and build the strategic plan," she said. "Everybody had input in developing it ... This isn't our vision, it's their vision."