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Moorhead schools still trying to get word out on vote

With less than a month left before the Nov. 2 ballots ask voters to approve a levy referendum for Moorhead Public Schools, staff is still trying to get as much information out as possible.

With less than a month left before the Nov. 2 ballots ask voters to approve a levy referendum for Moorhead Public Schools, staff is still trying to get as much information out as possible.

Voters will be asked to approve an $850-per-pupil levy referendum to generate $5.2 million for the district. The levy would cost about $179 annually on a $100,000 home or $716 annually on a $400,000 home.

The ballot measure is nearly identical to a failed effort last year.

Superintendent Lynne Kovash told the board at its meeting Monday night that many residents are still asking why the referendum is back after the failed one earlier.

Seven "listening sessions" were scheduled in September in an effort to hear voters' concerns.

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Kovash said a total of about 75 people came out for the sessions.

The referendum will also be addressed at the State of the District Address on Oct. 19.

In the meantime, School Board President Kristine Thompson drafted a letter to be printed stating the board's position on the referendum.

"We want to show the community we put it on the ballot for a reason," Thompson said.

The referendum will be included in Moorhead's general election ballot on Nov. 2.

In other business:

The board approved entering into a partnership with Children's Dental Services. CDS will provide preventive dental care to students in low-income families in exchange for space inside the schools to perform the exam.

CDS has been providing the services to Minnesota children since 1919 and identified Clay County as one of two counties that have the most non-served children in the state when it comes to dental services.

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"The dentists in this area do not take kids on Medicaid; the very few that do are not taking new patients," said Jill Skarvold, director of learner support services, who introduced the program to the board.

CDS will transport equipment and materials needed for basic and preventive dental services. CDS contracts with local dentists who volunteer their time to help see children who would otherwise not have dental care.

CDS will be responsible for all medical records, equipment and liability.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530

Wendy Reuer covers all things West Fargo for The Forum.
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