Eastern Carver County School Board Approves November Referendum
Three questions on the ballot at the November 5 election
At their Monday, June 24 meeting, the Eastern Carver County School Board unanimously approved putting a referendum before voters with a three-question ballot on November 5, 2019. The three questions address enrollment growth and funding needs necessary to provide the educational experience each student needs and deserves.
- Question 1: An operating levy increase to help bridge our budget gap, continue the strong academic preparation of our students, prevent cuts to programs and services, maintain class sizes and manage growing enrollment.
- Question 2: A bond request to build a new elementary school on district-owned land in Chaska, address deferred maintenance needs across the district and build a larger bus garage on a new site. Question 2 can pass only if Question 1 is approved.
- Question 3: A no-tax increase renewal of our existing security and technology levy, which supports school security systems, technology for students and staff, and related professional development and support.
“Our school district is known for providing exceptional personalized learning while being fiscally prudent,” Board Chair Tim Klein said. “We’ve been reviewing information for the past several months to help us determine what level of community support we need to keep our schools strong, and these three questions are the result of that analysis.”
The decision to proceed with a referendum was based on months of study, input and research to manage growing enrollment and address aging buildings, budget pressures and academic needs. Contributing factors include state funding that has not kept pace with inflation for more than 15 years, enrollment projected to grow by 1,400 students in the next five years, maintenance needs across the district that far exceed the capital funding provided by the state and the need to maintain school security and technology systems.
If all three questions are approved, the average homeowner ($350,000 home) would see a tax increase of $36 per month. Without approval, the district will have to make cuts that will impact all areas of the district, from class size, program offerings, facilities maintenance, and school security.
The referendum questions will be on the ballot on November 5. To learn more information about the planning that led to the referendum request, visit: eccs.mn/needs.