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Eveleth-Gilbert, Virginia Communities Rally in Support of Collaboration Vote

Ryan Juntti
Updated: May 13, 2019 11:52 PM

On Monday night the Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia communities rallied in support of Tuesday's referendum over whether to combine Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia High Schools into a new joint academy.

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Teachers and the community walked about 15 minutes from the Eveleth IGA to Eveleth-Gilbert High school. Along the way they held signs showing their support for the referendum. 

They also chanted things like "We vote yes" and "For our kids." 

Related: Countdown to Collaboration Vote for Eveleth-Gilbert, Virginia

The goal of the academy would be to prepare students for life outside of high school with a more career focused curriculum.

Virginia High School math teacher Jessica Kortekaas says students would be able to take classes geared more towards their potential careers.

"To be able to take a math class geared towards what you want to do outside of school, and not necessarily take college in the schools calculus, but if they want to go into carpentry, to be able to take a math class that's geared toward that, is going to be more beneficial and give them more real world aspects," said Kortekaas.

Kortekaas says she has heard of more people in support of the referendum than against it.

There is at least one household in Eveleth with a "vote no" sign in the yard.

Kortekaas says there is a misconception among the people who want to vote no saying they believe their taxes will go up. Kortekaas says in reality taxes will increase more if the referendum doesn't pass.

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