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Northland Pines Officials Discuss Upcoming Referendum


A second of three public information meetings on the proposed $3.9 million Northland Pines school district referendum for the next three years scheduled for a vote Feb. 16 was held last night at the Land O' Lakes elementary school before a small group of school employees and three members of the public.

District administrator Mike Richie indicated this request is for continuing operations, school security, and funding for a school safety officer. He said the current referendum of $2.7 million is in its third and final year. “The actual increase should it pass would be an increase of $1.2 million which is the amount above the current referendum,” Richie said. “Should it fail we would be $4.2 million short and it would be devastating to our district. “I can promise you drastic program reductions. I'm working on a spread sheet of potential cuts and I'm at $3.9 million – Land O' Lakes and St. Germain elementary gone, SOAR charter schools gone, Montessori charter school gone. The district would look distinctly different should this fail,” Richie concluded.

No proposed cuts have been presented to the school board. The third and final referendum information meeting is tonight (Tuesday) at the high school starting at 6:30 p.m. Voters will determine the results on primary election day Feb. 16.

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