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.