warroad public schools operating referendum 2022

PASSED!!!! 1174 YES 1107 NO

A message from Dr. Yates:

Over the past several months we have spoken directly to hundreds of community members.  I appreciate the consideration they have provided, the thoughtful questions they brought, and ultimately the support of the solutions put forward by the board of ISD #690.  I appreciate the dialogue that we have begun and I look forward to continuing to provide transparency and ongoing communication as we consider the next phase of solutions for Warroad Schools.  I would like to recognize the efforts of our energetic Principals in educating the public.  Thanks to the Vote Yes Committee for their tireless messaging and also to the Warroad Community Partners for their candidate forum and support. 

The board continues their commitment to finding ways to protect the educational priorities, and the Mission and Vision they have set forth for all students and families served here.  I am pleased to recognize the overwhelming support of this community for the ongoing work that we do at Warroad Schools.  As for the leadership on the School Board, I would like to thank our outgoing members for their years of tireless service, and also thank each of the candidates who bravely stepped forward to be considered for this role. We appreciate your willingness to serve the community in this vital way and applaud your commitment to strengthening our District.  Working together we continue our focus on providing a wealth of opportunities and a solid foundation for every child. 

After careful consideration, the Warroad School Board unanimously approved a motion to present District voters with a smaller operating levy referendum during the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. We will ask you, the voters, a single question to maximize the State Equalization Aid. The ask will be for $460,000, the burden on our homeowners and businesses to be only $250,000 and the remaining $210,000 coming from the State. There is NO IMPACT on our agriculture outside of homestead and one acre.

Ballot Question - Increase the School District's general education revenue by $460 per pupil, subject to an annual increase at the rate of inflation.

Thank you for giving serious consideration and mark your calendar for the upcoming November General Election.


Quick Info

Community Informational Meeting(s):

Tuesday, September 27th @ 6p.m. - HS Theater

Tuesday, November 1st @ 6 p.m. - Warroad Community Election Candidate & ISD690 Referendum Informational Forum - WHS Gymnasium

The Need for Operational Funds

Due to a failed referendum and continued limits in educational funding, Warroad Public Schools has had to make cuts. State funding for public schools has limited our ability to operate our schools without local taxpayer referendum support.

With a passing operating referendum, Warroad Public Schools can position ourselves to:

  • Offer smaller class sizes

  • Offer competitive compensation to retain and attract high-quality educators

  • Offer advanced and elective courses

  • Continue to provide co-curricular activities

  • Meet the operational needs of the District which include:

    • Staffing

    • Instructional Supplies

    • Classroom Supplies

    • Student Support Programs

    An operating levy will not be used to build new school buildings. This levy is not a bond. Bonds build buildings, and levies are for learning.

This happened with the unsuccessful passage of the 2021 Operating Levy Referendum

  • Larger class sizes

  • Reduction in electives for high school students

  • Staff reductions

  • Increased fees

  • Decreased enrollment options in Early Childhood classes

  • Decreased Phy Ed & Music opportunities for Elementary students

This will happened with an unsuccessful passage of the 2022 Operating Levy Referendum

  • Additional increases in class sizes

  • Additional staff reductions

  • Decreased support for students

  • Limitations for student activities and athletics

  • Additional reduction in electives for high school students

  • Increase in rental fees for use of school facilities

  • Decrease in College in the High School courses

Referendum Informational Meetings  

The District will host Community Informational Meetings for District residents.

  • Tuesday, September 27th @ 6 p.m. - HS Theater

  • Tuesday, November 1st @ 6 p.m. - Warroad Community Election Candidate & ISD690 Referendum Informational Forum - WHS Gymnasium

Please keep checking back for updated information.


If you have any questions, please call the District Office at (218) 386-6066, or email shawn_yates@warroad.k12.mn.us.