Election ResultsWe are happy to announce that both of the district’s operating levy questions have been approved—providing much needed funding to sustain our tradition of excellence in the years to come.
The unofficial vote totals are (23 out of 24 precincts reporting):
Question 1: 63.48% yes (15163 votes) to 36.52% no (8724 votes)
Renews existing operating levy and increases the amount by $700 per pupil for the next 10 years.
Question 2: 55.62% yes (13261 votes) to 44.38% no (10583 votes)
Builds on Question 1 and increases funding per pupil by $150 for the next 10 years.
This operating levy will stabilize the district’s finances for at least the next five years, and provide us the funds necessary to focus on the important work of both maintaining and enhancing the educational opportunities for our students. All our students stand to benefit from increased financial resources as we begin planning for lower class sizes in kindergarten and first grade, reading and math specialists to assist students, and more individual attention for students based on learning needs.
Knowing that the community shares our vision for academic excellence and has confidence in the course we have plotted is gratifying. Our promise to voters is to use the opportunity they have granted us to invest in the future of education in Eden Prairie Schools in meaningful and sustainable ways.
Eden Prairie Schools are a point of pride for this community and our students will continue to be our inspiration, just as they inspired voters today. We thank voters for their trust, and we look forward to the coming years of inspiring each student every day in Eden Prairie Schools.
Referendum 2014: Sustaining Excellence
Please Vote November 4Eden Prairie Schools will have two questions on the ballot November 4. If approved, the new funding would replace the current funding that has been in place since 2004 and will expire at the end of the 2014-15 school year. If voters approve both questions, it will have a tax impact of $13 per month on the average homeowner. If Question #1 is not approved, the district must make $10 million in cuts to academic programs, teachers, administrative and support positions, and increase class sizes and fees throughout the district in order to balance the budget for the 2015-16 school year.
Ballot Question #1The district will ask residents to renew its existing operating levy and increase the amount by $700 per pupil for the next 10 years.
If Question #1 is approved:
- Net tax impact of $8/month on a median valued home*.
- Prevents $10 million in cuts next year.
- Stabilizes the district’s finances for at least the next five years.
Ballot Question #2Builds on Question #1 with a proposal to increase the district’s operating levy by an additional $150 per pupil for the next ten years. For Question #2 to pass, Question #1 must also be approved.
If Question #1 and #2 are approved:
- Net tax impact of $13 per month (Question #1=$8/month, Question #2=$5/month) on a median valued home*.
- Prevents $10 million in cuts next year and stabilizes the district’s finances for at least the next five years.
- AND, will make needed investments in students including:
- Improve reading levels for the youngest learners by lowering class sizes in kindergarten and grade 1. (See Question#2: Educational Investments.)
- Better prepare students for a 21st century workforce through personalized learning in grades 2-12. (See Question#2: Educational Investments.)
- Maximize benefits of 1:1 technology supported by approval of last year’s technology levy.
*Estimated tax impact for a median valued home of $325,000.