Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Like the rest of the community, Kimball Area Public Schools have faced many fiscal challenges these past several years. Declining enrollment and inadequate state and federal funding have created budget shortfalls leading to more than $750,000 in cuts in staffing, core classes and extra-curricular activities.
Despite these budgetary challenges, Kimball Schools have maintained a quality education and our students have been successful. However, an even greater challenge faces us when our current operating levy in place for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year, expires in June 2011.
The current operating levy, which is less than half of neighboring districts, does not provide enough funding to prevent budget cuts. The loss of the operating levy entirely in 2011, will lead to severe budget cuts that will drastically affect the ability of Kimball Schools to provide a quality, competitive education.
The Kimball Area Public Schools Board of Education will meet Wednesday, July 21, at
6:30 p.m. in the Kimball High School Board Room to discuss and vote on a proposed operating levy referendum to be put before voters Tuesday, Nov. 2. In an effort to provide the best resources possible for the community, Kimball Schools is currently putting information together on the levy question itself, how much funding it will provide and how Kimball Schools will be affected.
Please look for information to be sent via mail in the coming weeks and also on the Kimball Area Public Schools website www.kimball.k12.mn.us. A community group, "Because Our Kids Matter", has also been formed to provide a forum for community members to become involved and receive information. They have created a website, www.becauseourkidsmatter.com, that will contain information on the proposed operating levy and future meeting dates. They can also be e-mailed at
. Please do not hesitate to become involved in future weeks, as the future of education in Kimball is an issue that affects us all.