The Sleepy Eye School District is holding a public hearing concerning the levy referendum being decided upon by district voters next month. Sleepy Eye schools are asking voters to approve a 5-year, $500 per-pupil levy that would generate about $274,000 a year. This excess money would then be used to reinstate many of the elective classes cut by the Sleepy Eye School Board recently, including music, art, business, and family and consumer science. The school board has made more than $850,000 in budget reductions over the past 3 years, with other cuts including several elementary and high school positions, combining the elementary principal and superintendent positions, and creating larger class sizes. If the latest proposed levy is approved, no referendum taxes would be paid on the value of agricultural land and buildings, other than the value of the home. The hearing to discuss these and other aspects of the Sleepy Eye Schools referendum will be held beginning at 7pm today (TUE) in the district’s Lindahl Room.
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