Your Children. Your Communities. Your Values. Your Schools.
The children of Cambridge-Isanti are the people who will carry our communities forward. They will one day lead our cities, schools, businesses, churches, states and nation. Our children are the future of our society and our communities. Humanity is in their hands. We are asking local voters to invest in their future.
This referendum is needed.
A lack of funding has resulted in large class sizes, fewer teachers and staff, fewer critical support systems for students, and limited career and technical learning and college credit opportunities for students. Our district is in the bottom 7% in the state in per student spending and funding.
Compared to neighboring districts, we rank last in per student funding. We are losing quality teachers to districts with more stable funding. We have a revenue problem.
On our year-end family survey, parents said funding is the #1 challenge the district faces. We have listened to voters. We have engaged our community, and now there is a clear, conservative plan for approval this fall.
Two clear questions.
The two-question-referendum is simpler and specifically states what the funds will be used for: student support, hiring/retaining high-quality teachers, reducing class sizes, and enhancing career readiness. It also asks for half of the investment asked for last year. The amount was determined by our Community Task Force based on what they thought was reasonable and responsible after studying district finances.
Increase school funding by $565 per pupil to support student learning and hire/retain high-quality teachers to reduce class sizes and provide student support. The referendum authorization would be applicable for ten years and is expected to generate $2.97 million dollars annually. The cost is $95 per year or $8 per month on a $200,000 home.
NOTE: If the proposed referendum is approved by voters, the School Board is committed to make reductions in other tax levies, which will reduce the total tax impact.
(Contingent on the passage of question 1)
Would increase the referendum revenue authorization by $121 per pupil to support vocational-technical education and college readiness, expanding vocational-technical and career classes; increasing opportunities for students to earn college credits; adding apprenticeships, training and mentoring that prepare graduates for success in careers and colleges. The cost is $50 per year or $4 per month on a $200,000 home.
"A child is a person who is going to carry out what you have started. They are going to sit where you are sitting, and when you are gone, attend to those things that you think are important. They will assume control of your cities, states, and nations. They are going to move in and take control of your churches, schools, universities, and corporations.
The fate of humanity is in their hands."
– PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN