The Solution

After considering the district’s needs, and hearing substantial input from the community, the school board concluded the current levy - which expires this year - should increase in order to continue to fund the district’s strategic objectives for student success. While much of the district’s funding comes from the state, Red Wing Public Schools are asking local residents to accept a portion of this investment. 


Million Dollars 

is the amount in budget cuts the district has already made to right-size operations.


Ballot questions

that residents will vote on to fund Red Wing students' educations.


Per Month 

is the cost increase the owner of a median-valued home will see on their tax bill if both ballot questions pass.*

The current operating levy of $811.64 per student expires at the end of the 2018-19 school year, which raises about 8% of the district’s annual operating budget. District budgeting considered three things: 

  1. Per pupil funding from the State of Minnesota.
  2. Reshaping the current budget by making right-sizing cuts.
  3. Renewal and increase of the current operating levy.

After considering the district’s needs and likely state funding, the board made right-sizing budget cuts to reshape the current budget.  The board also received substantial input from the community, and decided to request an increase in the operating levy for the necessary funds to meet the district’s strategic objectives for student success. $300 of the current levy has been extended by board resolution, as permitted by Minnesota law. The remaining amount is requested in two ballot questions on the ballot in November.

Question One - Sustaining our current investment

Question One accomplishes two things: 1) renew the current levy 2) increase the levy to continue to fund our educational plan. This includes: 

  • Maintaining staff levels and class size targets.

  • Aligning coursework with career paths, including both college and non-college paths, and expanding community partnerships to support this work

  • Serving every student’s needs from Pre-K through Grade 12 so they reach their full potential.


Question Two - Maximizing Future Success

Question Two is about the future direction of our schools. If approved, it would fund the next steps for how the district continues to meet student needs for the next 5-6 years. This would allow the district to:

  • Fully implement the best curriculum for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

  • Create more course options that prepare students for their careers, including vocational courses and courses that lead to industry certification.

  • Support the growing need for strong programs that support mental health and improve student behavior, both in and out of class.

  • Improve individual instruction services to help students in classes when they are struggling.


* See the tax impact for more detail.