With the ISD 129 operating levy referendum coming up for vote in November, Montevideo community members rallied together at the community center on Wednesday, Sept. 14, to discuss ways to promote the referendum and get the word out for people to vote yes.


With the ISD 129 operating levy referendum coming up for vote in November, Montevideo community members rallied together at the community center on Wednesday, Sept. 14, to discuss ways to promote the referendum and get the word out for people to vote yes.

“Tonight’s meeting is a chance to ... build relationships between people who think this is important,”?said Rick  Mohagen, Montevideo resident. “We’re here to organize.”

Paul Winkelaar, a veteran of many successful levy campaigns, attended the meeting where he offered advice and direction to supporters.

“It’s all about the kids, it has very little to do with adults,”?he said.

Supporters of the referendum cite increasing costs of education programs, stagnant per-pupil funding, a loss of 230 students over the last 10 years, and an annual revenue loss  of approximately $806,000 if a new levy is not passed in the next two years as reasons to support the referendum.

The importance of sharing accurate facts and the benefits of quality schools in Montevideo were both emphasized by attendants.

While there is  no committee formed yet, supporters are using the José Artigas Facebook page to organize, as well as e-mail rosters. They describe themselves as a “communitywide, grassroots ” group.

Another open meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.