The Sleepy Eye School Board on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution to hold a levy referendum election later this year. District 84 has seen 3 referendums defeated in the past 3 years, with last year’s levy losing by just over 300 votes. The district has been forced to cut more than $850,000 in programs over the last 3 years, as well as several staff positions. The newly-proposed operating levy would help Sleepy Eye schools avoid further cuts, and remain out of statutory operating debt. District 84 is one of only a few Minnesota school districts that are operating without a levy in place. The details on this latest referendum will be determined at some point before the Sleepy Eye School Board meeting in September.