Duluth Superintendent Recommends Against Asking for a Levy this Fall

By KBJR News 1

Duluth Superintendent Recommends Against Asking for a Levy this Fall

August 15, 2012 Updated Aug 15, 2012 at 1:28 AM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - After meeting with many citizens, the Duluth Public Schools superintendent has recommended the school board not try to get a levy passed this Fall.

Earlier this year, the school board gave a preliminary vote of support for an operating levy to a referendum committee.

The superintendent says many groups, organizations and families have said there is a mistrust and confusion about the district's plans and finances.

He believes having a full and open discussion with the community over the next school year will help create a clearer direction and vision for the district that more people can support.

"We really need to have a conversation with the community. We need to find common values and common beliefs and build a common vision for where the district wants to go because the schools are the community's, and it's time that we listen to them and that they see their own values and beliefs reflected in the polls every day," said Superintendent Bill Gronseth.

The superintendent says the district plans to spend this school year coming up with a strategic plan with the public's help and further discuss the possibility of a referendum at the end of the school year.

The public voted down a levy for the district last November.

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