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Brooklyn Center School District voters approve both school funding requests


(11.7.17) – Brooklyn Center, MN: Brooklyn Center voters approved both school district funding requests on the November 7 ballot:

  • Question 1: 54.58% (280) yes, 45.42% (233) no. This approval will increase Brooklyn Center School District’s operating levy by providing an additional $210 per student annually for school operations. This funding will help the district improve classroom instruction, expand teacher training and replace aging buses.

  • Question 2: 53.62% (274) yes, 46.38% (237) no. This approval will provide $29.9 million in construction funds to increase and remodel classroom spaces, improve school security, provide separate entrances and classroom areas for middle school and high school students and address deferred maintenance needs.

 

“We are thrilled our community supported these funding requests which will benefit all Brooklyn Center Community Schools students,” said Superintendent Mark Bonine. “This community investment in our schools is a huge vote of confidence in our staff and our educational programs. It also demonstrates that strong schools build strong communities.”

 

The combined voter-approved funding from both requests will help the school district:

  • Improve instruction for all students in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
  • Expand teacher training to improve academic achievement.
  • Increase academic opportunities for all students.
  • Replace aging buses to ensure safe and reliable student transportation.
  • Add classroom space for our increasing enrollment and growing pre-kindergarten program.
  • Improve school safety by designing secure building entrances.
  • Remodel existing classrooms to better support learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
  • Create separate areas for middle school and high school students at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School.
  • Address deferred maintenance at both Earle Brown Elementary and Brooklyn Center Middle and High School.

 

The operating levy increase request was in response to State funding that has not kept up with inflation or increasing educational costs. This will be the district’s first levy increase in more than 15 years. The construction funds request was due to increasing enrollment, academic changes and aging buildings that have led to safety, academic, crowding and deferred maintenance needs in the schools. The last time voters approved construction (bond) funding was in 2001.

 

*Results are unofficial until canvassed by school board 11.13.17.

 
 
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Strong Schools = Strong Communities
On November 7, 2017, our community will be asked to vote on two school funding requests to support our students, our staff and our schools.
 
Question 1:
Increase our operating funds to:
  • Improve instruction for all students in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM)
  • Expand teacher training to improve academic achievement
  • Increase academic opportunities for students
  • Replace aging buses to ensure safe and reliable student transportation
 
Question 2:
Provide construction funds to:
  • Add classroom space for our increasing enrollment and growing pre-kindergarten program
  • Improve school safety by designing secure building entrances
  • Remodel existing classrooms to better support learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM)
  • Create separate areas for middle school and high school students at Brooklyn Center Secondary school
 
Our School Board unanimously decided to put these two requests on the November 7 ballot after reviewing our budget projections, the results of a districtwide Facilities study, and our long-range Strategic Plan to increase student achievement.
 
We know that strong schools help build strong communities, and we are committed to being good stewards of our communities schools and our taxpayer’s dollars. If voters approve both requests, taxes on the average district home would increase less than $7 per month.
 
Thank you for learning about the requests so you can make an informed vote November 7.
 
To learn more, attend a Community Information Session on Thursday, October 12, 6:00pm, in the Brooklyn Center Middle & High School Media Center - 6500 Humboldt Avenue N.
 
 
Questions regarding the Referendum? Email referendum@brookcntr.k12.mn.us or call 763-450-3389.