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Information sessions about the bonds and levy

Information sessions about the bonds and levy

South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) is hosting two Community Information Sessions about the bond and levy questions that will be on the Nov. 7 ballot.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 5:30 p.m.: Virtual Information Session led by Superintendent Julie Nielsen

Link to Virtual Community Information Session

  • Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.: In-person Information Session led by Superintendent Julie Nielsen in the Board Room at the District Service Center, 7362 East Point Douglas Road S., in Cottage Grove.

Early Voting is Underway

Early voting for the November election is open through Nov. 6. You can vote in-person at four convenient Washington County locations Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Stillwater or Forest Lake. You can also vote by absentee ballot.

  • Check out all of your voting options online

About SoWashCo Schools request

On Nov. 7, 2023 SoWashCo Schools is holding a special election to ask voters to consider two bond questions and a Technology Projects levy.

Taking staff and community feedback and input into consideration, the School Board approved a plan to present the district’s new 5-year facility plan, called “Securing Our Future. Supporting Our Students,” to the community with two bond questions.

Question 1 addresses safety and security enhancements and expansions and renovations at secondary schools.

Question 2 addresses elementary school space at schools projected to exceed capacity (Bailey, Grey Cloud, Pine Hill and Red Rock elementary schools); and construction of additional bathrooms at schools only containing a single set/four stalls (Crestview, Hillside, Pine Hill, Pullman and Royal Oaks elementary schools).

The second bond question is contingent on the passage of Question 1, meaning Question 2 cannot pass without the approval of Question 1. If Question 2 fails, elementary school attendance boundary changes will be implemented for the 2024-25 school year.

Question 3 is a Technology Projects levy that revokes our current technology levy and replaces it with a new levy that would increase funding for infrastructure, safety and security relating to technology.

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