Anoka-Hennepin Schools Put Three Levy Questions on Ballot, Informational Sessions Begin Tuesday
Voters in Anoka-Hennepin School communities will see a referendum on the ballot this November. To help inform voters before it’s time to mark up a ballot, community meetings will be held starting Tuesday night.
Referendum 2021 in the Anoka-Hennepin District includes three questions about school levies. The first two are renewals and would result in no tax increases.
Question one is about the operating levy that renews 9.3% of the district’s operating budget to help maintain current class sizes, the level of teaching, transportation and elective programs.
Second is the capital projects levy that provides technology and tools to help students learn in the classroom such as computers, audio-enhanced classrooms and broadband infrastructure.
The third is continuing mental health and social emotional resources that is currently provided through one-time federal funding that expires next school year. Approval of this question would result in a $10 increase for a $250,000 home.
Upcoming Community Meetings
There are a series of upcoming community meetings where voters can learn more about what’s on the ballot.
Anoka Hennepin School District Superintendent David Law says, “We have learned from gathering with community over the last few years that people like the opportunity to come in and hear information. And then we have two opportunities rather than to stand up and ask questions to the whole world where we learn people aren’t comfortable necessarily asking their personal question to be able to able to walk up to someone and say hey my child receives this type of service how will this be impacted or I’d like to see this service offered, will this provide that opportunity. And we also do electronic surveys for people can weigh in on them.”
The informational meetings are at the five high schools in the district. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and will be livestreamed.
For more information: ahschools.us/vote2021