Over the past several months, I have been able to engage many people with diverse perspectives about the school district's education plans and the referendum to invest in these initiatives. The experience has been a great one for me because it reinforced why Red Wing is such a special place to live and work.
At Red Wing Public Schools, looking out for the best interests of our students means planning ahead — during good times and the challenging ones, too. In previous columns, I explained how Question 1 will provide the funding needed to sustain our current programming and staffing. Passing both questions will enable us to take additional steps toward ensuring every student is career ready, college ready, and life ready.
Our core mission at Red Wing Public Schools is to serve every student's needs from pre-K through grade 12 so they reach their full potential — no matter what path they pursue after graduation. To get there, we must strive to make sure that every child is career ready, college ready and life ready upon graduation, so they can make the choice that is best for them. This focus is why there are two referendum questions on the ballot Nov. 6.
As I begin my eighth year as superintendent of Red Wing Public Schools, I am grateful to be a part of a community with residents who are deeply dedicated to our students and community. Earlier this summer, an example of this commitment was shared with me while climbing Barn Bluff. A parent told me about how the work of passionate teachers and a community mentor helped her daughter make some positive changes academically and socially. Our work together made a difference in her life.
Red Wing Public Schools is holding a two-question operating levy referendum on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Passage of the first question would increase school funding by $424 per student. Passage of the second question, which is contingent on the first one passing, would increase school funding by another $500 per student. This column is intended to explain how this additional money would be used.