At the Special Board meeting on August 5, the Lakeville Area Board of Education unanimously supported moving forward with plans to call for both an operational and a capital levy this fall.
The focus of the proposed operational levy will be on:
- A redesign of the middle school schedule, adding one class period to the daily schedule, and the addition of 25 teachers. This would provide greater opportunities for electives and exploration for students and more time for teacher collaboration to enhance student support.
- Security and student mental health support, including the addition of four elementary counselors and another School Resource Officer
- Additional staff to support growing technology needs
- Teaching and Learning resources and support to address on-going student enrollment growth
The focus of the proposed capital levy will be on the following:
- Proactive and integrated school security infrastructure and resources
- District-wide technology infrastructure upgrades
- Gym addition with two courts at McGuire Middle School
- Curriculum and competition pool at Century Middle School
- Turf practice fields, dome-ready, at Lakeville North High School and Lakeville South High School
The tax impact of the proposed operational levy will be $200 on a median home valued at $370,000, resulting in a per pupil funding increase of $345. The proposed capital referendum will cost approximately $43 million. It was recommended by the district’s financial advisor, Ehlers, to spread the debt service over 13 years to take advantage of current interest rates and minimize the property tax impact. The Board will formally vote on these recommendations at the next regular School Board meeting on August 13 at 7 p.m.