To the Editor:
Dear Fairmont Area School Parents:
We have received numerous phone calls and e-mails regarding some confusion on the Nov. 6 Learning Levy referendum. Please review the following information for clarification.
On June 12 the Board voted to ask the voters in the school district to revoke the current $500 per student Learning Levy (in year nine of the 10 year request) and replace it with a $950 per student levy for five years. With voter approval, the school district will receive and increase in revenue. This increase in revenue will enable the district to balance the budget for the next five years.
Without voter approval of the Learning Levy to increase the revenue, the district will need to reduce expenditures in order to balance the budget.
On Oct. 12 the Board voted to cut funding (reduce expenditures) for the following sports, arts and co-curricular programs if the Learning Levy fails: football, cheerleading, tennis, volleyball, cross country, basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, golf, softball, baseball, track, speech, robotics, knowledge bowl, math league, yearbook, mid-winter play, musical, student council, band concerts, choir concerts, orchestra concerts, science fair, activities director position and activities director administrative assistant. The cuts in funding for these programs is approximately $329,000.
If the Learning Levy fails, in addition to the programs listed above, the Board voted to eliminate funding for 6.5 teachers at Fairmont Elementary. This would eliminate the following elementary programs: art, music, physical education, grade 5 and 6 band, and grade 5 and 6 orchestra. The elimination of funding for these programs is approximately $325,000.
If the Learning Levy fails, the Board voted to eliminate funding for one teacher in the high school vocational department and one teacher in the high school physical education department. The elimination of funding for these teachers is approximately $100,000.
If the Learning Levy fails and because of the elimination of teachers, the school district will implement a shortened school day for all K-12 students - from 8 a.m.-2:22 p.m.
If the Learning Levy fails, the cuts to funding, the elimination of teachers and the implementation of a shortened school day will begin with the 2013-14 school year.
If the Learning Levy fails, the Board voted to cut funding of approximately $754,000 of education opportunities for students in order to balance the budget.
If the Learning Levy fails, all of the programs listed above will need to be self-funded through community resources, booster clubs, participants, parents or other sources. (All MSHSL rules and Title IX rules will also need to be followed.)
On Oct. 9 the Board further voted to reinstate all of the funding for each of the programs listed above upon voter approval of the Learning Levy on Nov. 6.
It is our sincere wish that everyone understands what is involved in order for the district to balance the budget. Please contact us with questions or concerns.
Fairmont Area School
Diane Gerhardt (507) 236-3261; Julie Laue (507) 632-4693; Joe Kurtzman (507) 238-2590; Myron Moeller (507) 235-3884; Sandy Beckendorf (507) 632-4431; Dan Brookens (507) 235-5789
To the Editor:
Grace Lutheran Church's Children, Youth and Family ministry team will be hosting a Trunk-or-Treat on Sunday starting at 4 p.m. What is a Trunk-or-Treat? It's when several families get together, park their cars in the parking lot (cars should arrive between 3-3:45 p.m.), open up the trunks of their cars, and kids come around to each car to Trunk-or-Treat. There will be hayrides given, hot dog supper, games and lots of fun!