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Letter: Share your views, hopes for local schools

I joined four of my other School Board members last Monday up at the state Capitol to advocate for public education at the Legislature. We met with our own Barb Haley and Mike Goggin, and we also got to hear messages from Rep. Jim Davnie and House Speaker Kurt Daudt to name a few. It was a fantastic, busy day as we focused on issues that our school board deals with every week.

Topics included state funding, teacher licensure, special education subsidy, tax credits for education foundation donations, equity concerns, MCA testing, retirement benefits, and concurrent enrollment licensure. There was much to agree and disagree on, but ultimately — everyone agrees on the importance of educating our children.

The Red Wing School Board is continuing a very important year as we discuss the future of our district for the next five, even 10 years in the weeks ahead. We are also forming an updated Strategic Plan with the staff and community. We are so thankful for the successful passage of our maintenance bond referendum, and so many needed projects will be done this summer and next on our school buildings. We will be communicating the great work being done.

We are also planning for our operating referendum. A substantial amount of our budget comes from this local operating referendum that will expire in the next years. As, the last two votes on this operating referendum were in 2012 and 2008. This "learning levy" sets the plan for our future programming, class sizes and enrichments for our Red Wing students.

The School Board has been discussing what we need to educate our students in the years to come. Additionally, how can we improve our schools? And, how can we attract more families and students to Red Wing and our district?

The Red Wing School Board needs your help. We need to have you advocate for your opinions and hopes for our students in the future. There will be various opportunities in the months ahead. Please look for an online survey and more community meetings to come. And, please call School Board members.

Our children deserve it, so please advocate!

Janie Farrar

Red Wing

Janie Farrar is president of the Red Wing School Board.

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