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Letter to Edtior: Vote Yes for quality education, less taxes

To the Editor: Vote Yes for quality education! A "yes" vote on the Dec. 8 ISD #2142 school referendum will improve the education of the children in our communities. It will provide for: + Better learning spaces and materials - classrooms wired wi...

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To the Editor:

Vote Yes for quality education!

A "yes" vote on the Dec. 8 ISD #2142 school referendum will improve the education of the children in our communities. It will provide for:

+ Better learning spaces and materials - classrooms wired with advanced technology for learning, up-to-date textbooks and learning materials, and lab spaces.

+ Expanded elementary level programming - students will be taught solid basic skills as a foundation, advanced mathematics and science offerings, third-graders as fluent readers, active intervention and support, life and career exploration, character education, outdoor education, fine arts, and Spanish and Ojibwemowin languages.

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+ Focus on life skills - Graduates will leave with skills to help them be successful at work, in their families, and as individuals.

+ Solid core programming - Students will expected to achieve state standards, and core programming will include: language arts, sciences, social studies, fine arts and mathematics

+ Enhanced potential for high school electives - the district will be able to greatly expand its elective offerings.

Vote Yes for less taxes!

Did you know that a "no" vote on the Dec. 8 ISD#2142 school referendum is really a "yes" vote for higher taxes?

If the school referendum does not pass, our school district would need to dissolve, and you would then pay the taxes of you neighboring school districts. Depending on where you live, your taxes would increase to the level of your nearest school district (information provided by Ehlers and Associates):

School Tax per $100,000 Property Value:

St. Louis County Schools/ Current Tax - $68 per year

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St. Louis County Schools/ Proposed New Tax - $219 per year*

Proctor - $279 per year

Cloquet - $403 per year

Floodwood - $508 per year

*The realignment plan would be funded by a property tax increase of $174 per year for every $100,000 of property value, less homestead and other tax credits along with potential state bond buy down, for the next 20 years. The current Operating Tax Levy expires in 2011 which will lower taxes.

Do you want to have our children educated by someone else and still pay higher taxes?

AlBrook Vote "Yes" Committee

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