Operating Levy 2022: School District Seeks Voter Approval of Two-Question Operating Levy Increase
On November 8, 2022, South St. Paul Public Schools is asking voters to approve two ballot questions. State funding for our schools continues to not keep pace with the increasing costs necessary to operate our schools. The result is an ongoing funding gap.
The vast majority of Minnesota school districts — including South St. Paul Public Schools — rely upon voter-approved operating levy funding to bridge the funding gap and support student learning. By law, operating levy funds can only be used for learning-related expenses such as teachers' salaries and benefits, classroom supplies, and curriculum.
Question #1 of the school district’s November 8 operating levy request seeks voter approval of an annual funding increase of $900 per student. The additional funds will enable the district to maintain small class sizes AND avoid the potentially devastating impact of substantial budget cuts to programs and staff.
Question #2 of the school district’s November 8 operating levy request seeks voter approval of an additional increase of $250 per student that the district will use to:
- Invest in much-needed academic and mental health support for students
- Expand programming opportunities for students
- Increase career and college readiness courses and experiences
Question #1 must pass in order for Question #2 to pass.
Do you have questions or need additional information about the November 8 operating levy request? We’re here for you! Please reach out one of the following ways and we will get you what you need:
- Visit www.sspps.org/levy2022
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attend the October 3 community meeting at Kaposia Education Center