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School district committed to operating levy priorities

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Last fall, Moorhead Area Public Schools outlined five operating levy priority areas: improve class sizes throughout the district, prevent further staff reductions, upgrade technology, expand world languages and expand early learning opportunities.

With approval of the operating levy referendum last November, the school district will receive $850 per pupil in additional funds each year for the next seven years beginning with this school year.

The district remains committed to the five priority areas outlined last fall, said Superintendent Lynne Kovash.

Read the complete article at https://www.moorhead.k12.mn.us/news/item.aspx?ID=1218.

Residents approve school district’s operating levy

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Voters in the Moorhead School District approved the district’s operating levy referendum 6,950 to 6,045. The ballot question required a simple majority to pass. School district election results were canvassed by the School Board on Nov. 8 and are now official.

The operating levy will provide the school district $850 per pupil or approximately $5.2 million in additional funds each year for the next seven years beginning with the 2011-12 school year. Moorhead Area Public Schools was one of 35 districts out of the state’s 337 districts that did not have an operating levy.

Read the complete article on the district’s website at https://www.moorhead.k12.mn.us/news/item.aspx?id=1129

Voters approve operating levy

Monday, November 8th, 2010

I want to thank our community for demonstrating its support of our students and schools by passing the Moorhead Area Public Schools’ operating levy referendum. Unofficial results are available on the district website at www.moorhead.k12.mn.us. Results will be canvassed by the School Board on Nov. 8.

The success of this effort tells us many things.

* We did not pass the levy with parent support alone. In our community, the majority of our residents do not have students in our schools. That means residents of all ages view our schools as worthy of support.

* In this economy, we need to be accountable to our taxpayers. We will provide information to our taxpayers so they know how the money is being used. Voters have trusted us to spend the money wisely, and we will.

* A 2009 community survey showed 82 percent of district residents are pleased with the quality of education provided by the school district and 79 percent believe they receive a good value from their investment in Moorhead Area Public Schools. I think the vote on Nov. 2 reaffirms those sentiments and means we can maintain our quality schools.

This levy will play an important role in maintaining current class sizes and programs. Because state funding remains unpredictable, the operating levy alone will not offer a long-term solution to every financial challenge we will face, but it does provide critical assistance to our schools.

On behalf of Moorhead Area Public Schools, I extend our gratitude for this demonstration of support.

Sincerely,
Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Superintendent

Operating levy referendum passes

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Voters in the Moorhead School District approved the district’s operating levy referendum 6,950 to 6,045. The ballot question required a simple majority to pass. School district election results are unofficial until canvassed by the School Board at 7 p.m. Nov. 8.

The referendum will provide the school district $850 per pupil in additional funds each year for the next seven years beginning with the 2011-12 school year.

Unofficial results of the Moorhead School Board election held Nov. 2 have been announced. Four candidates ran for the three four-year seats on the board. The candidates and vote totals are:
Karin L. Dulski: 5,901

Laurie Johnson: 7,648
Kristine Thompson: 6,292
William K. “Bill” Tomhave: 6,609

Three candidates filed for the two-year seat to fill an unexpired board term. The candidates and vote totals are:
Bryce Vincent Haugen: 4,440
Sylvia Hernandez-Cruz: 2,584
Trudy K. Wilmer: 3,696

School Board election results also are unofficial until canvassing at 7 p.m. Nov. 8.

Chamber of Commerce endorses school district’s operating levy referendum

Friday, October 29th, 2010

On Oct. 28, the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce board of directors unanimously approved a recommendation to support the Moorhead Area Public Schools’ Nov. 2 operating levy referendum.

On Oct. 14, the Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee had invited Dr. Lynne Kovash, superintendent, and Wayne Kazmierczak, assistant superintendent, to address the committee about the district’s operating levy referendum.

Some of the points the Public Affairs Committee considered in formulating the recommendation were:
• Education as a business has a direct economic impact, as well as a significant impact on economic development for Moorhead, Clay County and the metropolitan area.
• Youth are an important investment. K-12 education is an important feeder into the area workforce.
• Moorhead School District’s expense structure is below average and would continue to be, should the levy referendum pass.
• Moorhead School District has engaged in proactive expense management in recent years.
• Moorhead School District has a focus on increasing student outcomes and quality of education.
• The state of Minnesota has not taken action to maintain state support for education.
• Moorhead School District works collaboratively with other school districts, specifically Fargo and West Fargo.
• Border Cities legislation in Minnesota would offset the tax impact to commercial and industrial businesses in Moorhead and Dilworth.

Moorhead School District voters will have an opportunity to vote Nov. 2, 2010, on an operating levy referendum that, if approved, will provide the school district $850 per pupil in additional funds each year for the next seven years beginning with the 2011-12 school year.

District identifies five priority areas for referendum revenue

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Moorhead Area Public Schools will address five priority areas if the Nov. 2 operating levy referendum is approved.

Moorhead School District voters are being asked to vote November 2, 2010, on an operating levy referendum that, if approved, will provide the school district $850 per pupil in additional funds each year for the next seven years beginning with the 2011-12 school year.

Funds from the referendum, if approved, would be used to improve class sizes throughout the district, prevent further staff reductions, upgrade technology, and expand world languages and early learning opportunities. Read the complete article at https://www.moorhead.k12.mn.us/news/item.aspx?ID=1123.

School district sponsoring six listening sessions in September

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Moorhead School District residents will have six opportunities in September to learn more about the district, ask questions and share their thoughts. Registration is not required for the community listening sessions on Sept. 16, Sept. 20, Sept. 21, Sept. 23, Sept. 28 and Sept. 30. Additionally, the district is offering a State of the District session through Moorhead Community Education Oct. 19. Read the full story at https://www.moorhead.k12.mn.us/news/item.aspx?ID=1110.

School Board calls special election to ask voters to approve an operating levy referendum

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Moorhead School District voters will have an opportunity to vote November 2, 2010, on an operating levy referendum that, if approved, will provide the school district $850 per pupil in additional funds each year for the next seven years beginning with the 2011-12 school year.


The owner of a home valued at $100,000 would see a tax impact of less than $15 per month with voter approval of the levy. The impact on a $200,000 home would be less than $30 per month, according to estimates prepared by Ehlers & Associates, Inc., the district’s financial advisors.

Read the complete story on the district website at https://www.moorhead.k12.mn.us/news/item.aspx?ID=1109. Learn more about the 2009 operating levy referendum athttps://www.moorhead.k12.mn.us/Referendum/.

Summer a time for working, learning and planning

Monday, June 21st, 2010

We recently celebrated the end of the school year with our graduates and with staff members who are retiring or moving on to different places in their lives. There is a feeling of sadness, even as we acknowledge and celebrate all of the accomplishments in our district during the past year. In the business of education, summer is a time to reflect on achievements during the past year and plan for the future — with an eye on continuous improvement. It is the time of year when people ask, “I suppose you are looking forward to your summer break?”

However, work during the summer doesn’t stop. Administrators, support staff and teachers are all working, learning and planning. Administrative teams work diligently to prepare for the next year, always mindful of how the coming year fits into the long-range plan for Moorhead Area Public Schools.

Our district office is full of activity. During the past few weeks, teachers have been learning and practicing Math Recovery and revising the elementary progress reports. Middle school teachers have been developing and revising the essential learning for each content area. Teams of teachers and administrators just attended a workshop to learn and refine the collaborative work of teachers and further develop systems of interventions for our students.

Our planning includes addressing and being accountable for the district’s strategic priorities. These include high academic achievement for all students, a safe and healthy environment, a system of professional supervision for employees, and organizational and fiscal effectiveness. Our school board and administrators will wrestle with many issues during the next few weeks.

We will continue to explore ways to provide educational opportunities for students.  Sustained and consistent funding is important if we are going to continue to be a strong school district and provide for our future and our students. We will be exploring a fall referendum and the plans for providing information to our community regarding support for Moorhead Area Public Schools.

Sincerely,
Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Superintendent
Moorhead Area Public Schools

School Board calls special election to ask voters to approve an operating levy referendum

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Moorhead School District voters will have an opportunity to vote Nov. 3, 2009, on an operating levy referendum that, if approved, will provide the school district $850 per pupil in additional funds each year for the next seven years. At the Aug. 24 School Board meeting, the Moorhead School Board unanimously approved calling a special election. The owner of a home valued at $100,000 would see a tax impact of approximately $15 per month with voter approval of the levy.


Read the complete story on the district Web site at https://www.moorhead.k12.mn.us/news/item.aspx?id=1002. Learn more about the 2009 operating levy referendum at https://www.moorhead.k12.mn.us/Referendum/.