Voters Approve School Funding Request

Robbinsdale School District Voters Approve School Funding Request

November 7, 2018

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Voters approved the Robbinsdale Area Schools’ request for additional school funding through an operating levy increase, 62% yes to 38% no (unofficial results: 29,166 yes votes, 18,242 no votes).

The operating levy increase will generate nearly $6 million in additional annual school funding starting in 2019 and continuing for ten years. Operating levies provide critical funding support for classrooms, instruction and other operating costs.

“We are so thankful to our community for this vote of support,” said Superintendent Dr. Carlton Jenkins. “Our residents know our schools are a great investment, as their dollars support the development of young minds and future leaders.”

The additional funding will support the community’s commitment to graduating every student career and college-ready and help the district:
● Maintain programming which supports students’ social-emotional needs and safe schools
● Maintain Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programming
● Maintain arts programming and co-curricular offerings
● Support professional development for staff

The request to voters was in response to state funding that has not kept pace with inflation, special education costs that are not fully reimbursed and increasing educational costs that exceed available revenue. This was the school district’s first request for an operating levy increase in ten years.