Esko, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) --- Hundreds of concerned Esko community members and teachers rallied for a referendum and levy that aims to support educational programming and facilities. The school board would like to increase its general education revenue by $341 dollars per student, for the next nine years. Voters in Esko will see two questions on the ballot in November. The first will ask voters to approve an operating levy that would provide funding to maintain class size, prevent future cuts and restore the schools industrial technology program. The second will ask voters to support a $2.7 million referendum to improve the schools sporting facilities. Those at Eskomo Pizza Pies turned out to show support and share their view of why additional funding for school is critically important. "Here, the school is the community. It's the center of the community,” Esko Principal Greg Hexum said. “They really feel invested in it. I hope the energy and passion they have will hopefully bring us success in November." Numerous volunteers have already donated money and labor to restoration projects. Cindy's Shake Shop, next door to the Eskomo Pizza Pies is donating .25 cents to the new budget plan for every item it sells. Jennifer Walch Bio - Facebook - Twitter - E-Mail