At its regular meeting on Tuesday, August 13, the Lakeville Area School Board approved a request to seek local tax dollars to expand opportunities for students and address needs like school safety and information technology. This vote followed community survey results and levy discussions throughout the summer months.
The School Board voted to place two questions on the November 5 ballot. If voters approve the requests, all schools throughout the district would see improvements.
The first question would increase the district’s operating levy by $345 per pupil, generating $4.27 million per year. It would provide greater elective opportunities for middle school students, increase classroom resources for teaching and learning, increase security and mental health support, including the addition of four elementary counselors and one School Resource Officer, and add staff to support growing information technology needs.
The second question, a capital levy amounting to $42.9 million, would provide proactive school safety infrastructure across all schools. It would provide district-wide information technology upgrades to ensure cybersecurity, fiber optic and disaster recovery requirements are all met. The capital levy would also add facilities including a gym addition at McGuire Middle School, a pool addition at Century Middle School, and two turf practice fields at Lakeville North High School and Lakeville South High School.
The district estimates that if both questions pass, the tax impact on a median value home ($370,000) in the district would be a $19 increase per month.
Lakeville Area Schools will prepare informational materials and hold community meetings to help inform Lakeville Area residents of the requests leading up to the November 5 vote. A recording of the August 13 meeting is available on LETV and meeting documents are available in Boardbook.