We petitioned the School Board twice. Over 3,000 voters signed each petition.
The School Board ignored both petitions explaining that they were the deciders.
second petition begged for a compromise and offered a plan that cost 2/3rds of
the Red Plan's total expense. This
is what our second petition said:
SPECIAL ELECTION, BOND AUTHORIZATION
We (the undersigned) do hereby
petition under MN Statute 205A.05 the following school district question, by
special election, as soon as possible.
Shall ISD 709 be authorized to issue
general obligation bonds totaling $128,000,000 to be used with an estimated
$66,092,086 in bonds and investment earnings previously approved by the Board
for alternative facilities to build two new middle schools and two new
elementary schools; repair and remodel three high schools, one middle school,
and five elementary schools; repair and expand two elementary schools; and
repair and remodel “Old Central High” and the Secondary Technical Center?
is how we first envisioned our Plan B to look.
But after the Attorney
General ruled that she could see nothing wrong about our petition we met with
the School District and wrote a request to develop a full fledged plan to
present to the State. We drew up a request for consultants to help us and submit
bids. This seems only to have enraged the Superintendent and they sent us a
letter saying our RFP was not consistent with our petition. We disagree.
is our first petition