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What's Next for Fargo Public Schools After the Big "No" Vote?

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Monday was the first time the Fargo School Board has met publicly since last week's special election. 57% of the 6,000 voters said "no" to the district last week. Which was asking for permission to keep its levy higher than the state mandated cap and have the ability to increase it in the years to come. Today Valley News team's Eric Crest asks board representatives what's next and what's on the chopping block, because of the outcome.

At this week's Fargo School Board meeting there was minimal discussion regarding the results of last weeks special election vote. We had to pull representatives to the side for that.


"The school board has had no conversations about cuts or changes we're going to make. The reality is we had an election and the votes came out no," says Paul Meyers the Vice President of the Fargo School Board.


"However the vote turned out. Last week wouldn't have impacted the budget cycles were in right now. This process started before the vote and will continue after the vote and come to its conclusion," adds board member Jim Johnson.


Some are wondering what jobs or curriculum would be on the chopping block in the coming years for Fargo Public Schools. All on the account of voters saying no to the possibility of higher mills down the road.


"At the end of the day we look at the total revenue stream and look at the districts programming and try to get the best match possible out of the two," says Johnson.


"The reality is after the election, the budget we have is going to be limited," says Myers.


But as of Monday that's not the topic on hand. In fact, board members haven't yet decided if they're going to put the tax authority extension to vote again this year or next year. Or if they'll have to scale back some parts of the education process because of budget limits.


"We're going to do the best we can to provide the best education we can and frankly I think Fargo deserves a first class education. And that's what well try to deliver," says Meyers.


Last week's vote may effect Fargo Public Schools 2015-2016 budget in some capacity. The board will start looking at that over the next six to eight weeks.



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