November 1: Get the Word Out about the Referendum

The St. Paul Schools Referendum renewal will be on the ballot November 6. You probably also know that this funding is critical to maintain the current services offered at Randolph Heights. But do your friends and neighbors know?

Join us for a fun event to help get the word out that we need everyone to vote yes for St. Paul’s kids?

What: A literature drop (no door-knocking required…just delivering information)

Where: Meet in the Randolph Heights library – kids are welcome to join us

When: Thursday, November 1, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., including snacks before heading out

Why: If the current levy referendum is not renewed, the district will:

  • Lose funding for all-day kindergarten currently available in all 42 elementary schools.
  • Lose funding for pre-kindergarten (4-year-old kindergarten)
  • Lose funding for Early Childhood Family Education serving 5225 children and 5076 parents in 2011.
  • Be forced to lay off more than 400 teachers
  • Increase class sizes in secondary math and science courses.
  • Cut online learning opportunities.

Seventy-five percent of the $39 million referendum request will continue funding for these services and twenty-five percent of the money will be invested in classroom technology. Of the $39 million, $30 million is a renewal and will not increase homeowners’ taxes. Only the additional $9 million will increase taxes by a small amount: a median house valued at $150,000 will see an increase of only $5.65 a month.

Can you please join the teachers, staff, and parents of Randolph Heights next Thursday to spread the word in the neighborhood that we need them to Vote Yes for St. Paul Kids?!

Email vice-president@rhs-pta.org to let us know if you’ll be there!

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