What happens if the referendum does not pass?
Without the passing of the three funding requests, there would be negative impacts such as continued crowding, increased class sizes, deteriorating facilities, teacher and staff layoffs, continued cuts to academic programs and services, cuts to technology equipment and support, and limited updates to school security systems. It is important to recognize the compounding effect if any of the three questions do not pass.
If question 1 is not approved
- If question 1 is not approved, question 2 is also not approved. Question 2 is contingent on Question 1 because of portion of that funding will help operate a new school, and the district does not want to open a new school without that support in place.
- Class sizes will increase by approximately 1.5 students across the district.
- Opportunities and activities will be cut/heavily impacted, including music, activities, athletics, class offerings and other programs.
- Middle and high school schedules and class offerings may be impacted.
- Elimination of up to 10% of teachers and staff in each building.
A summary of proposed budget containment can be found HERE.
If question 2 is not approved
- Question 2 can only be approved if question 1 is approved. This contingency was developed because we do not want to receive funding for a new school without the funding for its operation.
- Schools will become increasingly crowded. Without building a new elementary school to address the rapid growth, students will be pushed into existing spaces within our buildings and boundaries will be restructured accordingly.
- As spaces that were not initially designed to be classroom space are reassigned, program offerings and academic opportunities will be eliminated. This includes things such as STEM labs where students work with robotics, drones, 3D printers, and other explorations of 21st century skills.
- The district’s deferred maintenance will accumulate, and school buildings/facilities will continue to deteriorate. Based on the Facility Task Force, these are the items that would be addressed at each site should funding be approved. This list would require reevaluation to prioritize and many projects would be further deferred.
- The bus garage will continue to be inadequate in terms of space, mechanics bays, and it requires over $1.5-2 million of repairs on the current structure (that figure does not include any expansion of facilities).
- The city and county’s projects would be at a standstill – Carver County has expressed interest in purchasing the old bus garage site for county services and the DMV, and the current DMV location is of interest to the City of Chaska as the site for a future library.
If question 3 is not approved
- Updates to networks, servers and storage to keep up-to-date and current may be affected or delayed. This infrastructure is critical as it provides a foundation to support all other systems such as security, devices, wireless, etc. Updates, additions, and repairs to school security systems would not be ensured.
- Without increased internet bandwidth, students and staff may experience interruptions in their internet sessions. Since 2013, we have seen an increase of 4.5 times the usage of internet bandwidth — from 400 Mbps (megabytes per second) in 2013 to 1800 Mbps today.
- Student learning would be impacted as there would be less devices and learning tools in classrooms.
- The district may be at risk of additional cybersecurity threats without additional cybersecurity training and technologies.
- Critical costs, such as Chromebooks and security systems, would be funded with the general fund, and it is important for the district to maintain sufficient reserves which is critical to ensuring financial stability and cash flow. Additional cuts would be needed to offset the cost to the general fund.