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A Message from Superintendent Steven Unowsky

Dear Students, Families and Community Members,

This is going to be an exciting and wonderful year in Richfield Public Schools.  We are launching our new strategic plan, which will guide our work and decisions in the years to come.  It will help us to focus directly on accomplishing our mission:  “Richfield Public Schools inspires and empowers each individual to learn, grow and excel”.  

We continue to work very hard to improve our student outcomes and to be strong stewards of our community’s trust.  Our students are improving in their academic growth, but we are not satisfied with that 
– we want to continue to improve yearly.  We have some highlights from this past year where we:
  • Improved graduation rates to top those of the State of Minnesota overall
  • Gained ten MCA proficiency points in our middle school
  • Improved our MCA math scores and closed ground on the State of Minnesota 
  • Maintained similar growth in MCA reading with the State
We will be running a referendum campaign to ask our voters to help continue our momentum for years to come.  Operational referendum dollars are vital to the success of our district.  RPS uses these tax dollars to hire classroom teachers, to provide additional classrooms, reading teachers, math teachers, gifted education teachers, and to expand offerings at the middle and high school level, such as courses which would provide college credit to our students while in still in high school.  These dollars impact students and will continue to be used to directly impact classrooms and students.

We will be asking our highly supportive community two questions:
  1. We will be asking the members of the Richfield community to renew this levy.  A renewal of the existing levy would not increase property taxes and would continue to provide vital funding for current programs.
  2. We will ask a second question which will address the issue of inflation.  Without a small increase to overcome inflation over the past ten years, the $933.66 amount levied ten years ago is worth approximately $750 in today's dollars.  We will ask to incrementally increase the funding to maintain the value of the original referendum.  This increase would be solely used to maintain the same level of programming and services that currently exists.  This increase would be capped at 2 percent, or approximately $15 per year, for the next ten years.  This increase would cause a yearly increase of property tax on an average home in Richfield of about $3.40 per year.  

We thank you for your support of our students, staff, families, community and school.  Through our unified “Spartan Pride” we are honored to serve you.  We welcome an exciting new year for Richfield Public Schools!

Best Regards,

Steven Unowsky
Richfield Public Schools
Contact Information:     (612)798-6011
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