Why Now?

Why Now?

The district proposes to increase the operating levy and add a capital projects levy to stabilize financing.

This year’s budget has a $1.5 million shortfall. The district has had a deficit budget for three years.

Deficit spending is not sustainable; budget reductions are coming without additional revenue. Shortfalls are due to state funding not keeping pace with inflation over the last 15 years, in addition to other factors.


If state funding had kept pace, Inver Grove would have another $2.1 million in revenue this current school year.

Career-Focused.

Invest in students that opt for vocational and technical opportunities.

The needs for more vocational and technical opportunities and career-based programming has been identified. The District aims to continue plans for career-tailored learning as well as working with Dakota County Tech.

     Re-emphasize vocational and technical opportunities that prepare students for success in the workplace

     Address student behavior and mental health needs so that students can be prepared for success in the classroom

     Increased operating dollars would fund District plans to purchase vocational/technical tools, equipment, computers, and software for student achievement, while keeping them maintained and up to date

College-Ready.

Enhance college-prep at both middle and high school levels.

The District aims to expand efforts to emphasize college-prep at both middle and high school levels. Increased operating funds would allow District plans to continue to purchase textbooks, curriculum materials, and more.

     Allows the District to address college-bound student needs

     Continue District plans to work with Inver Hills Community College

     Expand career and college prep course work at middle school and high school

 

Competitive.

Invest in high priority teaching and learning initiatives, avoid future budget cuts, and keep class sizes small.

Inver Grove’s operating levy is a little more than half that of other Dakota County school districts. Increased operating funds offers opportunities to remain competitive financially, academically, and in athletics.

$Per Pupil Comparison Chart

Increasing the levy allows the district to avoid further budget cuts, keep class sizes small, and invest in high priority teaching and learning initiatives. Of the nine neighboring school districts, the per student amount for Inver Grove Heights is currently in ninth place, and would remain there even if the operating levy request is approved.

     Operating levy is half that of some Dakota County school districts
($562 vs. West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan $1,424)

     Avoid further budget cuts, maintain class sizes, and invest in high priority teaching and learning initiatives

     Continue to remain efficient and do a lot with a little

The district has had a deficit budget for three years, using fund balance to make up the difference.

     Budget reductions or increased revenue, or both, are needed

     Budget shortfalls are due to state funding not keeping pace with inflation over the last 15 years, in addition to other factors

     The 2017-2018 adopted budget has -$1,552,538 projected in deficit spending

     Deficit spending is not sustainable; future budget reductions could impact students through increased class sizes, discontinued programming

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