Plan B To Go Before Voters

By KBJR News 1

August 17, 2010 Updated Aug 17, 2010 at 10:52 PM CDT

DULUTH, MINN. --- Tonight the school–board agreed to give Duluth voters a say in how their tax–dollars are spent.

Well... sort of.

Duluth's school board voted unanimously to present a bond that represents the money needed to fund "Plan B" before voters in the November General Election.

Supporters -- including board member Art Johnston --- say what's known as "Plan B" is a more–popular, lower–cost, approach in contrast to the district's current "Red Plan."

"Well Plan B, first of all, saves our neighborhood schools, Morgan Park, Lincoln Park, it saves Central High School," Johnston said.

Both plans outline the facility needs and operating costs of the district's 13 schools.

However, officials say that if voters do indeed flood the polls in November and vote for Plan B, the school district isn't legally obligated to change its decision.

They argue that Plan B will actually cost taxpayers more, while increasing school operating costs.

"We are so far past changing the current plan, that anything contemplated in Plan B is really obsolete," said Board Chair Tim Grover.

Under Minnesota law, the Plan B alternative must go before voters in the November election due to a citizen petition with over 3,500 signatures.

Written for the web by Matt Standal