Duluth Voters Approve Increased Funding for Schools

The Duluth School District will get about 25 more teachers after Tuesday's referendum. The Duluth School District will get about 25 more teachers after Tuesday's referendum. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: November 07, 2018 03:40 PM

Voters said "yes, yes, no" to Duluth school referendums on Tuesday.

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Voters approved a referendum question to maintain a current levy that the district says will support 16 to 18 teacher positions.

A second question aimed at reducing class size was also approved.  The district says the approval will allow it to add about 25 teachers across the district, with an $8.64 monthly property tax increase for a $150,000 home.

Jessica Olson, a parent and member of Duluth for Education, said, "It's not just about the children. It's about our community, and what it's going to take to move forward and have a successful future. Our future nurses, doctors, plumbers, and electricians are in school today. We want to support that effort."

However, a third question that would have brought in extra money to fund classroom technology failed.  Approval of the third question would have meant an additional monthly property tax increase of $5.03 for a $150,000 home.

The revenue authorization approved for the first and second questions will continue for ten years.

Superintendent Bill Gronseth tweeted out, "Thank you Duluth! Huge thanks to the many people who helped to spread the word of the benefits of renewing and increasing the levy. All of our students will benefit from this increase."

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