Superintendent Bezek issues statement on levies

Voters from throughout our district approved Nov. 6 the renewal of an expiring levy.  Unfortunately, our second ballot question did not receive the necessary votes to be enacted.  Unofficially, our renewal question passed with 57.10 percent of the vote; our second question received 40.20 percent of the votes.

To each and every person who voted for our mission, our future and for all of our learners, thank you.  Because of your support of the renewal, we will continue to educate, inspire and empower all of our learners, albeit in a more challenging manner.

With the passage of our renewal, we will continue to receive $5.75 million a year for the next decade. We will continue to maintain existing curriculum, programs, services, class sizes and staffing.

As Question 2 did not pass, we will not be able to offer, at this time, free, all-day, every-day kindergarten or will we implement a technology plan that provides for today and well into the future.  In addition, we are unable to reduce our curriculum cycle from 10 to seven years.

We now have to address the loss of state and federal funding by reducing our budget by $5 to 7 million.  We will use to the extent possible our existing resources to minimize the impact this will have on programs, services, staff and most importantly the classroom.  Difficult decisions lie ahead, but we will do our absolute best to ensure each is in the best interest of every learner in ISD 728.

To those of you who chose not to vote for our second question, we will work harder to earn your support and trust.  What I ask of you in return is to become involved and help us build a school district that every member of our community will be proud.

Tomorrow, we will get back to the business of educating, empowering and inspiring our students so that they can achieve their dreams. Again, thank you to all of you who voted to renew our expiring levy.

Dr. Mark Bezek
Superintendent of Schools