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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the two (2) referendum questions about?

  • What does it mean that Question 2 is “contingent” on Question 1?

  • What is the difference between a bond and a levy?

  • Why is ISD 728 seeking a school funding request on a November 2019 ballot?

  • Who can vote on the referendum?

  • I heard the District is having the election this year and not on the General Election because they do not want everyone to vote, is that true?

  • If the referendum passes, will ISD 728 continue to ask voters for more money every couple years as it has in the past?

  • Is it true that Zimmerman receives less funding per student to address equity and access, and for deferred maintenance costs included in Question 2?

  • If the referendum passes, how would funding be used to support students in relation to mental health and Social Emotional Learning?

  • What is 'social-emotional learning" (SEL), and where can I learn more about it?

  • Is it true that ISD 728 has to pay for school nurses for some students and that the State and/or Department of Education does not reimburse for all of the expenses?

  • Does ISD 728 Close Enrollment? Why or why not?

  • The referendum proposal includes an inflationary index, what does that mean in terms of additional funding and possible impact on the taxpayer?

  • Is enrollment at Rogers Middle School overcapacity and why hasn’t ISD 728 addressed it?

  • Why did the community taskforce recommend ISD 728 build a school in Otsego instead of Rogers?

  • How do the number of ISD 728 students attending other school districts compare to the number of students from other school districts attending ISD 728?

  • Can’t the district make cuts instead of raising revenue?

  • How does ISD 728’s budget compare to other school districts?

  • Will the 2019 Referendum Allow the District to Reduce Class Sizes?

  • What will happen if voters do not approve the 2019 referendum?

  • What is "unreserved fund balance" and why can't the District use some of that money to lower class size?

  • Didn’t we recently approve a referendum?

  • The Referendum Presentation talks about the Strategic Plan, a Survey, and the input of many residents. Where can I find that information? 

  • Why is Elk River High School getting another sheet of ice/arena?

  • What about the ISD 728 District Office? Was that part of the last referendum? 

  • How can the District afford to do things like tennis courts in Rogers and Elk River if it needs money? 

  • Would the additional dollars help with inflationary costs over time?

  • If the referendum passes, what specifically will be done with CTE?

  • If the referendum passes, what specifically will be done to increase support for struggling students?

  • If the referendum passes, what specifically will be done to increase mental health support for students?

  • If the referendum passes, will students have access to updated resources?

  • If the referendum passes, how much revenue will be allocated to reduce or maintain class sizes?

  • Will referendum dollars be used to separate sixth and twelfth-grade students at Zimmerman MS/HS?

  • Would Zimmerman get a Field House if the referendum passes?

  • Where do the school district’s increasing costs come from?

  • What can you tell me about budget planning in ISD 728?

  • What does it mean to consolidate the operating levies?

  • What is the recent history of state funding in MN?

  • Where do the school district’s increasing costs come from?

  • If both questions of the referendum pass, how will the District manage growth at Prairie View Elementary until the new space is available?

  • If the referendum passes, when would the funds be available?

  • I need more information. How can I learn more about the 2019 Referendum?

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