At the July 19 Special School Board Meeting, the Lakeville Area Board of Education reviewed the findings of the most recent community survey and discussed a possible Fall levy referendum.
At the Board’s request, Superintendent Michael Baumann provided a recommendation to the Board for a November 5 referendum. If approved by the Board, the proposed referendum would seek local support for additional operating funds to help achieve the strategic plan and community priorities.
The funding would address multiple areas of concern and needs district-wide, Baumann reported to the Board. Key funding areas identified include:
- Unmet safety and security needs across all school buildings.
- Increased mental health support needs across the district to ensure each elementary building has a counselor on site.
- Expanded support and offerings for middle school students. Additional funding would allow students to access elective courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), career pathways, world languages, and the arts. Funding would allow the district to reinstate team-teaching to ensure students are getting the academic, social and emotional support they need.
- Improved information technology (IT) infrastructure to improve district-wide computer network quality for students and staff, and to ensure cybersecurity requirements are met.
The Board also reviewed unmet facility needs identified by the district’s Facilities Task Force, and discussed potentially seeking a capital levy to allow the district to build or expand educational spaces that support long-standing curriculum and activities needs.
The Board will meet again on Monday, July 29 at 5 p.m. at Lakeville South High School to further discuss a potential Fall levy referendum. The Board anticipates making a final decision about the referendum at its August 13 meeting.