The consensus of Independent School District 601 School Board Members at the August 11thwork session is to wait with any facilities related questions based on survey results; therefore, there will be no building bond referendum proposals on the November 8th General Election Day ballot.
Why wait? Paraphrasing discussion rational:
1. The school district needs to publish the feedback. To see full referendum feedback survey results, click on the following link:
In order to read all write-in responses, in the "Comments" section of each question,
click "Show Responses" and then keep clicking
“Next Page >” in the lower right corner of the comment pop-up window until
“Next Page >“ turns gray.
2. See our current summer project(s) to completion, and then, revisit the next phase of our
3. Another variable: No announcement of a special session yet by Minnesota Governor Mark
Dayton to pass the tax bill HF 848 of Ag2School (40 percent tax credit for school facility bonded debt on Ag Land starting in 2017).
What was the level of support (or lack of support) related to the five components of the feedback survey?
Repairs/Upgrades/Maintenance to Buildings: 102 write-in comments
Level of Support:
+ Minimal 09.7%
High School Science Remodel: 68 write-in comments
Level of Support:
+ Minimal 16.0%
Addition to Existing Elementary: 81 write-in comments
No/None 44.9%Art & Wood Shop Relocation: 109 write-in comments
+ Minimal 15.3%
+ Minimal 15.7%
Exploring Options for 1937 Building (Auditorium/Gymnasium):
1937 “Preserve and Protect:” 70 write-in comments
Lack of Support:
No/None 37.6% Fully 29.2%
+ Minimal 12.6% + Moderate 20.7%
1937 “Major” Renovation: 96 write-in commentsGeneral observation: 701 is a good sampling when considering June 2015 the total vote count was 756 and most recently the May 2016 total vote count was 1,551.
+ Minimal 17.8%
1937 “Demolition & New Construction”
+ Minimal 10.9%
What was the actual survey response rate? 33.4%.
There were 70 “Return to Sender” envelopes that the district was unable to forward; therefore, 2,099 surveys were believed to delivered successfully by U.S. Postal Mail.
080 = online submissions prior to the August 1st at 11:59 p.m. deadline
621 = mail-in responses returned by postal mail
701 = 621 mail-in responses + 80 online submissions
2,099 = 2,169 – the 70 “Return to Sender” envelopes
33.4% = 701 out of 2,099
Again, please view the complete survey results at: http://data.surveygizmo.com/r
Again, there will be no building bond levy referendum related votes for ISD 601 on November 8th.
Kevin Ricke, Superintendent
(218) 435-6335 ext. 105 (voice – school)
www.fosston.k12.mn.us (school website)
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Mailing & Shipping Address:
301 E. First Street
Fosston, MN 56542