Students show support for Duluth school levy referendum

By KBJR News 1

October 26, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The Duluth Public School District is up for a levy referendum vote on Nov. 5.

Many efforts have been made by school officials to educate people about what to expect on the ballot.

Now students have gotten involved in spreading the word.

"Its great to see kids so involved. They are out there on their own planning these events and being supportive of the levy because they know what it means for their future," said Superintendent Bill Gronseth.

Students from Duluth East and Denfeld High Schools rallied on Saturday to encourage people to vote in favor of the up–coming levy referendum.

"We really wanted to show kids from both schools how important the levy was and how important passing the levy was. So about a month ago we started talking to all of our friends and teachers at school and telling them about the levy," said Billy Menor, a Duluth East high school student.

Students say they need smaller class sizes and updated curriculum which is what money from the levy would help fund.

"I think that the class room sizes are too big. Right now I sit in a class of 40 kids in one of my classes, and I think that's too much for me and too much for the teacher as well," said Menor.

Another problem the levy money would help with is equipment for students to do labs.

"We don't have enough lab equipment for everyone to do our labs at the same time so we end up having to split them over two days which takes up twice as much time as they should so while we could be doing other things we are still stuck on the same lab because there isn't enough equipment," said Aurora Vautrin, a student at Denfeld High School.

The passage of the levy would qualify the district for one point one million in additional state funding.

Students say they want the public to know they are care about their education.

"The students actually care and this is a problem and we want them to hear our stories and know how invested we are," said Vautrin.

Providing awareness that will invest in Duluth's education system and future.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness also came down to the student's rally to support the levy.

To learn more about what will be on the ballot, click here

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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