Why can’t we just spend within our means?

We are. We have balanced our budget each of the last three years by cutting expenses. We have cut $8.5 million, slashed our curriculum supplies budget by 57% and eliminated 100 jobs from our payroll. We are losing good teachers to districts that have more stable funding. We have 38 students in classes at the middle school and high school. With class sizes of 38, each student receives 40% less individual time and attention from a teacher than in a class of 25. 

Our school district now ranks #311 out of 327 school districts in Minnesota in per-student funding. And we spend less per pupil than any other school district in the Mississippi 8 Conference. We will have to cut another $1 million to balance the budget next year, if the referendum does not pass, and continue to do so into the foreseeable future.