Sunday, March 30, 2014

3-31-14 oakfield school referendum

Oakfield school officials say the future of the district may be at stake.  Voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide a multi-million dollar operations referendum to replace the current $700,000 referendum that will
expire at the end of the year.  Oakfield School superintendent Sue Green says the proposed six year referendum totals a million dollars for each of the next three years and then $1.2 million for the following three years.  Green says the referendum is necessary to address the school district’s operating deficit and preserve the district’s financial stability.  Green says declining enrollment, strong property values and declining state funding are all contributing factors.  Green says what’s at stake is the future of public education in Oakfield.  The cost for the owner of a $100,000 home would be $135 a year, or $200 for the owner of a $150,000 home.  Last year Oakfield School District voters defeated a four year, $900,000 referendum.

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