Residents approve Question 1 of district funding request

Voters approved Question 1 of Faribault Public Schools request on Nov. 5 for additional funding to institute a seven-period day at Faribault High School and provide additional elective and career pathway classes through an operating levy.

Voters did not approve Question 2, which would have provided additional funds for student academic support and transportation.

The operating levy increase will generate $221 per pupil, or $799,861 per year for 10 years, plus inflation. The tax impact will be $65 per year on an average home in the district, which is valued at $175,000.

“We are thankful to the community for their support,” Superintendent Todd Sesker said. “This funding will allow us to move to a seven-period day that will allow us to offer more opportunities for our students and put us on an even playing field with other area schools. We are grateful to the community for valuing education.”

The additional funding will help Faribault Public Schools:

-move Faribault High School to a seven-period day, which will give students more schedule flexibility, provide more opportunities for community-based learning, give students greater access to our academy programs, allow for more credit recovery and academic support during the school day, and decrease the need for students to take summer school.

-provide more elective classes for high school students by hiring additional staff and providing access to classes related to careers and trades.

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