Clean Sweep, Voters Say Yes to School Funding

Posted at: 11/06/2013 6:50 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- One thing is for sure after this Election Day area communities came out to support their schools. Seven area schools voted yes to pass their school referendums.

"It makes me feel very happy," said Destiny Smith.

For mom and Lakeview Elementary PTO president, Destiny Smith, the hard work paid off.

"We did district wide phone calls, just saying don't forget to get out and vote, and then we sent emails," said Smith.

Albert Lea residents voted to pass their schools referendum by a two to one margin.

"I think that people are saying that we need the financial support to make sure our kids and students get better," said Smith.

It wasn't the only school district to receive the communities support.

"We’re very happy with the 82% passage rate, that's great that the community supported us, I think it's a tribute to the board and I think it means the community trusts them," said Dr. David Thompson.

Stewartville superintendent Dr. Thompson says the funding from these passed referendums is very important.

"It will go towards reducing class size, also for different materials, textbooks, and supplies," said Dr. Thompson.

In all six area schools voted to pass their school referendums. That includes Stewartville, Albert Lea, Austin, and Owatonna.

"Hopefully that shows support for all of the schools in Minnesota especially for southeast Minnesota, citizens," said Dr. Thompson.

Smith hopes their support is a trend that continues.

"Just want to thank everybody for passing it, without the support of our community our kids couldn't continue to grow," said Smith.

Statewide 67 of 77 levies on the ballot passed Tuesday. On top of that support and funding Minnesota lawmakers approved $485 million in new education funding last session.