December 7, 2009
Voters narrowly approve a plan to reconfigure the ISD 2142 school system. The $78.8 million dollar project passed on a 52% to 48% margin. The School District website has the preliminary vote numbers.
The public school system that surrounds Lake Vermilion is St. Louis County Independent School District 2142.
This large and widely dispersed district is confronted with a persistent and growing problem… decreasing enrollment.
The ISD 2142 School Board has wrestled with this issue of decreasing resources for several years but tomorrow a recommended solution to the problem will be put to the voter. It’s a controversial situation with a broad range of factors requiring consideration.
Unfortunately, there is no perfect answer and universal agreement to “a best solution” is not possible.
There is no reason to be uninformed about the Board’s suggested solution and associated Special Bond Referendum. There is plenty of information available online… Minnesota Public Radio has an excellent summary (including helpful graphics), ISD 2142 has complete details of the current proposal, local newspaper, The Timberjay, has numerous articles on the Referendum.
Exercise your democratic privilege and vote. The polls will be open tomorrow from 7AM to 8PM.