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DGF Schools Push to Pass Referendum, Renew Levy

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Come this November, the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (DGF) school district will ask voters to pass a referendum and to renew the existing levy to improve their schools and student experience.

The schools are looking for support over two ballot questions. The first ballot question is to renew the existing levy.  According to the DGF public schools website, these funds help provide the following: 

  • Maintain the overall student/teacher ratios for K-5 at 20:1.
  • Maintain present facilities and programming.
  • Provide a source of stable and predictable revenue to avoid program reductions.
  • Maintain present technology infrastructure. 

The second ballot question is geared for technology and student services.  These funds will help provide the following:

  • Maximize present facilities by converting computer labs to classrooms to meet student enrollment needs.
  • Prepare students for college/work readiness by increasing access to technology and providing students in grades 6-12 with a technical device.
  • Increase technology staff to meet infrastructure and classroom instructional/learning needs.
  • Expand student support services by providing programs to meet social, emotional, and academic/career needs.

Superintendent Bryan Thygeson says it is worth the impact to taxpayers.

"A six dollar annual increase or 50 cents a month. So the way we look at it less than a cup of coffee a month or a really nice cappuccino you're going to have all of the offerings," Thygeson explains. 

If both ballot measures are passed, residents will see the following when comparing their current school district taxes.

  • DGF homeowners will see an approximate $6.00 annual tax increase.
  • Agricultural taxes will decrease.
  • Commercial/Industrial taxes will decrease.

Meetings are being held for voters in the school districts in the weeks leading up to the November vote. Meetings are taking place at the DGF High School theater in Glyndon on October 21 and 28. Or you can go to meetings in Dilworth at the DGF gymnasium on October 24 and 29.

Click on the link to the right of this story for more information on the referendum and existing levy, and for information on where to vote.

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