LETTER: Thank you, District 622 voters

To the Editor:

 

On behalf of all the students, staff and families in School District 622, thank you to our taxpayers for approving our funding request to provide safe, up-to-date and healthy learning environments for all our students. 

By a margin of 61% “yes” to 39% “no,” our community showed that they value strong schools — and recognize that strong schools build strong communities.

Over the next few years, all schools will receive secure entrances and will be updated with modern furniture and more flexible learning environments. Air quality and other improvements will be made where needed to ensure our classrooms offer a healthy space for students to learn. We will consolidate and renovate our schools for more equitable and efficient schools district-wide. Every student will benefit from these updates, which will have a long-term impact on our district for years to come.

Our community stepped up to the challenge and supported our request for the first bond referendum since 1994. We were fortunate to be paying off old debt from the last facilities bond referendum in 1994, making the tax impact a relatively small $5 per month for the average homeowner to fund $275 million in building improvements.

Thank you for your vote of confidence in District 622! I am so proud to be the superintendent for such a forward-thinking district.

 

Christine Tucci Osorio

North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District 622 superintendent

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