Mahtomedi / Best time for $45M in sch...

Mahtomedi / Best time for $45M in school upgrades?

There are 18 comments on the story from Apr 17, 2010, titled Mahtomedi / Best time for $45M in school upgrades?. In it, reports that:

The Mahtomedi school district has spent almost three years studying, talking about and hashing over plans to replace Wildwood Elementary and update the school district's other buildings.

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Saint Paul, MN

#1 Apr 18, 2010
The property tax increase will be a lot more than $46. And it will be a permanent tax.
Quit Waistin Me Taxes

Cambridge, MN

#2 Apr 18, 2010
What a joke ... they need to cut funding in schools not raise it.

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Apr 18, 2010
It is a bit out of control to ask the community to support this $45 million dollar tax increase in such difficult economic times! This just confirms that the school district is out of step with the times. With school districts all around them cutting budgets and closing schools to save money district 832 wants community members to vote for a $45 million referendum to build their dream school. As for the community survey they talked about, that is laughable, they surveyed 400 people by phone and this small group included school administrators.
I have lived in the community for 14 years and have voted YES in every referendum in the past..But this time my vote is NO! Go back to the drawing board.

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Apr 19, 2010
I am strongly in favor or the levy. I am going to retire in ten years and I want my home to have some value. We have been priviledged in Mahtomedi with good schools. Realtors know how important schools are. It's time, I can afford it. This is a no brainer.
Not a fan

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Apr 19, 2010
In politics, this is called log rolling- trying to include something for everyone. Each of us can probably get behind some part of what is being renovated (I support a new Wildwood school) but the strategy seems to be backfiring because it includes at least one thing that makes each person mad (the size of the tax increase or maybe artifical turf? Interesting that no one is touching that one...). I am curious to see what happens on the 27th.

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Apr 19, 2010
I went to Wildwood. It was a nice school then, but I can imagine that it needs much repair and upgrades. But the rest, Im not to sure of...

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Apr 20, 2010
Go back to the drawing board. Ask for the essentials. Artificial turf, expanding Science and Engineering? Government employees have been untouched by this recession, in Mahtomedi public servants think its time to go shopping for good deals on Artificial Turf.
Mahtomedi Resident

Eden Prairie, MN

#9 Apr 22, 2010
Maybe if we reevaluated how many superintendents/vice superintendents Mahtomedi has and how many we need and maybe cut out the teacher bonuses at the high school, the school tax levy’s wouldn’t be so high.

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Apr 23, 2010
JUST VOTE NO......I was one of the 400 people polled, and as soon as I said I would not support this ridiculous tax levy, they didn't want to talk to me!! So I do not for one minute believe that "3 out of 4" people surveyed were in favor of this exhorbant waste of OUR money! In talking with my neighbors, some of them did not even get a notice of the date to vote. Mahtomedi school district needs to learn to live within it's means. You could put these kids in a pole barn and they will learn if the teachers teach! And yes, my children went to school here, and my grandchildren will start next year, but buildings and turf are not important....teachers are!! Get your priorities straight!!

Avon, CO

#11 Apr 28, 2010
People continue to complain about the turf. What people aren't realizing is that once it is installed, it is good for 15 years - with very little maintanence. This is far different from grass fields which require cutting, watering, fertilizer and other routine touch ups.

San Francisco, CA

#12 Apr 28, 2010
Really wrote:
People continue to complain about the turf. What people aren't realizing is that once it is installed, it is good for 15 years - with very little maintanence. This is far different from grass fields which require cutting, watering, fertilizer and other routine touch ups.
Just saying that is is cost-effective doesn't mean that it is. Let's see the numbers. I doubt that the maintenance cost of natural turf is more than the cost of the whole installation of a synthetic field.

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Apr 28, 2010
Wow did you really think through your comment! This is a referendum that will be paid over a 20 year period, it will need replacement before the tax payers have finished paying for this referendum. Also don't fool yourself, artificial turf requires maintenance too!!!
Really wrote:
People continue to complain about the turf. What people aren't realizing is that once it is installed, it is good for 15 years - with very little maintanence. This is far different from grass fields which require cutting, watering, fertilizer and other routine touch ups.

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Apr 28, 2010
I don't believe District 832 can call the results of yesterday's referendum vote valid. I spoke to an eye witness that saw Mahtomedi High School seniors being released to vote and allowed to vote, even though they are open enrolled students and don't live in the district. How did that happen!?! They shouldn't have been allowed to cast a vote. With only a 22 vote difference between the YES and NO voters, this is a very big problem!!
Sick of Politics

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Apr 28, 2010
The ISD#832 wants a new school for k-2, built near a former dump site. They have canceled the "hands-on" classes i.e. woodshop, small engine repair, etc.. to add engineering classes (not everyone wants to be an engineer); they told all the senior student over 18 to vote, but didn't clarify that you needed to live in the district (19% of k-12 are open enrolled)-at least one illegal vote was cast, were their others? With a 22 vote margin, and registered voters not needing to show official ID-this whole process was a JOKE. For a well educated, highly regarded school district-the board and it's cronies should be ashamed at the way this process has been implemented, start to finish!

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Apr 29, 2010
The school upgrades may be a total joke in this economy, but if you want to find a home in district 832 to reap the benefits of the upgrade, you can contact John Monette.

Saint Paul, MN

#17 May 5, 2010
It's about time Mahtomedi district residents woke up and saw what has been happening in their bond elections over the past 20 years. The district's methods were perfected by your former superintendent who used Mahtomedi taxpayers as his guinea pigs and then published a book on how to pass school bonds (you can see references to the book online). Everything you saw in this election seems to have been used before ------ and you thought you had free and fair elections!!!!!! But finally the district and their "sponsers" went too far for some of you. Just REMEMBER that next election and remind everyone to VOTE. If you don't agree with the district you're already at a disadvantage. The district likely already has the votes of former students away at college with parents in the district (they may never pay a dime of the levy but they can vote absentee especially if an absentee application is sent accompanied by a passionate plea from a favorite staff memeber) and current students (who may not live in the district but hey if you can get by with it why not). So if you ever hope to stop the endless increases in your taxes for frivolities you'll need to be aware of bond elections since one of the rules is to make sure few people remember to vote, well at least those who the survey says might vote no. Which also means if you want to be reminded of a election just respond to the schools surveys, both written and by phone, with a resounding "I love Mahtomedi Schools and will vote yes in any bond election". Then you will be kept in the loop in future bond elections (and you thought those surveys were because the district really cared about you).
FL Guy

Cambridge, MN

#18 May 8, 2010
Another school district violating state law by forcing students to vote for the levy. Sick!
Sick of Politics

Saint Paul, MN

#19 May 12, 2010
OK- Referendum votes are being recounted in a Washington Co courts' conference room today. If the numbers stay the same, then the referendum is set. Now would be a great time to mark your calendar so you can attend ALL the ISD 832 school board meetings. The board has a history of NOT spending funds the way they were intended, can you say Tennis courts? Now that they have our money, we need to watch them closely to see where it goes and how it is spent...

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