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Nevis referendum vote is today

Nevis School

Polls open at 2:30 p.m. today to determine the fate of a referendum in Nevis.

They close at 8 p.m. Voting will take place in the school gymnasium.

Voters will determine the fate of a two-tiered referendum, one of which, if approved, will soundly launch students into the digital age.

The district is asking for $252 per resident pupil operating levy, double the existing levy of $126, which expires at year's end.

Nevis is one of 126 Minnesota school districts - more than a third - seeking a levy referendum, the highest number in more than a decade. Continuing budget shifts from the state Legislature is prompting the request for taxpayer help.

Voters also will be asked to approve an additional $225 per resident pupil for technology. This is contingent on passage of the first question.

If the proposal earns voter approval, every Nevis student in grades 4 or 5 through 12 would have their own computer that would be used for nearly all subjects and could be taken home to complete assignments.