Letter: Deeply disappointed in 622 levy results

To the Editor:

We are two of the many deeply disappointed parents of the Nov. 3 outcome not to increase levy funding for School District 622. Our three bright, tenacious learners attend Carver Elementary, a school celebrating student diversity, community feel, passionate teachers, and academic performance.
Every school district in Minnesota has a local operating levy. District 622 has not increased its levy funding since 2002 - 13 years! The district’s levy of $913 per student is the lowest of the 20 largest Twin Cities metro districts, which has resulted in $32 million in cuts to teachers, support staff, programming, classroom supplies and resources, technology assets, music, athletics, and maintenance of our facilities. These are jobs leaving our community!
This underinvestment represents significant and real losses of opportunities for children – our future contributors and caretakers – and ultimately, our community.
Additional levy funding will support learners who need extra help as well as those who excel.  It will also maintain class sizes for math and reading, build college and career pathways, improve technology, and enhance safety and security of infrastructure.
As a small business owner who serves district communities and a 3M employee in Maplewood, we know the increase in property taxes to support the levy is not inconsequential. We also know its right for our family and community. We know many citizens in District 622 as caring, progressive, and conscientious. We can do better! The time is now!

Tara Lemke Ebenhoch and Marcus Ebenhoch


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