September 27, 2011

November 8 School Levy Renewal - Informational Community Meetings

On November 8, voters in the White Bear Lake Area School District will vote on a proposed renewal of the district's Local Operating Levy that was passed in 2007. A renewal does not increase taxes - it simply renews the current levy. 

Since the levy was last approved in 2007, the District has kept our promises to the community, seen a rise in test scores, been recognized for stewardship in our management of resources, and formed innovative partnerships that improve opportunities for students. Additional information about these accomplishments can be found at

Failure to renew this existing operating levy will result in a $14 million loss in revenue and would require planning to:
· Reduce staff, which will increase class sizes.
· Reduce or eliminate programs.
· Close and consolidate school sites.

Parents and community members have the opportunity get information and submit questions at 

In addition, the district is hosting three community information sessions. Please take the opportunity to gather information and ask questions so you can make an informed decision on November 8.

Community Information Meetings:
  • 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 at Vadnais Heights City Hall
  • 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Hugo City Hall
  • 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 at White Bear Lake City Council Chamber
If you are not able to attend the community meetings but have questions, you are welcome to contact me at 651-407-7563 or contact Pete Willcoxon Sr., Executive Director of Business Services, at 651-407-7515.

Dr. Michael Lovett,
White Bear Lake Area Schools
Serving the communities of Birchwood, Gem Lake, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Little Canada, Maplewood, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and White Bear Township.