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Wendy Reuer, Published October 14 2013

D-G-F School District Moves forward with referendum on Nov. 5

DILWORTH – Voters here will be asked to approve a referendum in November that would allow the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District to expand its use of technology and student counseling services.

Superintendent Bryan Thygeson was at the council’s regular meeting Monday to talk about the referendum scheduled for Nov. 5.

If approved, the referendum would increase a homeowner’s property tax bill above the most recent statement sent out by about $6 for a $200,000 home, Thygeson said. Taxes on commercial and agricultural land would not increase.

“So all the farmers wouldn’t see any tax increase at all by voting ‘yes,’ ” Thygeson said.

Two questions will be on the ballot. The first asks voters to continue the current operating levy. If the operating levy is not renewed, D-G-F schools would have the lowest funding per student in the state, Thygeson claimed.

“Basically, ballot question one is to be able to do business like we have been doing,” he said.

The second question asks voters to approve an increase in the district’s spending per student by $166.63, to bring the total to $600 per student.

Thygeson said the money would be used to convert computer labs to classrooms to meet current enrollment needs and to increase access to technology for students in grades six through 12. More counseling in areas of emotional, academic and career needs would also be added.

Dilworth Mayor Chad Olson said if the referendum is approved, it would help focus on mental health needs of students, and for only $6 more per year, it’s a good value for residents.

A series of four public meetings are scheduled later this month in Dilworth and Glyndon to provide more information to voters.

The meetings are:

- 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21: D-G-F High School Theater, Glyndon.

- 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24: D-G-F Middle School Gymnasium, Dilworth.

- 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28: D-G-F High School Theater, Glyndon

- 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29: D-G-F Middle School Gym, Dilworth.

Thygeson said the district’s sole polling place is the D-G-F School District office at 108 Main in Dilworth.

Because the Dilworth city election is the same day, Dilworth residents can vote on the school referendum along with the city election at their regular polling location, which is the Community Center, 709 1st Ave. NW.

In other business, the council:

- Discussed the hiring process for a new police chief. Josh Ebert resigned as chief Sept. 9. City leaders are awaiting more information about how to streamline Dilworth’s hiring process. They have also asked the Clay County Sheriff’s Office for more information regarding possibly contracting with the county for policing services.

- Learned from City Planner Stan Thurlow that the city and MATBUS will partner to create a new bus route that is scheduled to begin Jan. 2.

Public input meetings about the bus service are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Houge Estates in Dilworth and from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at City Hall.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530