School Levy Voting

Voters in the Alexandria Public Schools District were welcomed with a Vote Here sign outside Woodland Elementary School.

2019 LOCAL SCHOOL VOTES

Alexandria Public Schools Question:   *YES- 4,159     NO- 2,816

[6,975 of 20,312 registered voters went to the polls  34.33%] 

Voters approved the Alexandria Public Schools (APS) request for additional school funding through an operating levy, 60% yes to 40% no (*unofficial results).

The operating levy will be phased-in over three years: $375 per student in the 2020-21 school year, $485 per student in 2021-22, and $595 per student in 2022-23 through 2029-30. Operating levies provide critical funding support for classrooms, instruction and other operating costs. The request to voters was in response to state funding that has not kept pace with inflation, special education costs that are not fully reimbursed, and increasing educational costs that exceed available revenue.

“We are incredibly grateful to our residents for approving our funding request,” said Superintendent Julie Critz. “This was a critical vote for our students, our staff, and our community, as we work to maintain the quality of education our students deserve and our families expect. We know that strong schools make strong communities. Thank you to our school district residents for investing in the future of our students and our community.”

The additional funding will help:

  • Maintain or reduce class sizes
  • Continue with specialist teachers in elementary, such as music, art and science
  • Expand mental health support
  • Maintain or expand real world work experiences at middle and/or high school
  • Provide more financial stability

This was APS’s first operating levy request in 15 years. Even with this levy authority, APS’s per-student voter-approved levy amount will be in the lower half of neighboring districts.


Ashby School District Question:   YES- 228    NO-  133    (unofficial)

Superintendent Alan Niemann says "A big THANK YOU to the voters of the Ashby School District for all of their support as the Operating Levy Renewal passed."  

SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION 1 (ISD #261)

Renewal of Expiring Referendum Revenue Authorization
The board of Independent School District No. 261 (Ashby) has proposed to renew the school district's existing referendum revenue authorization of $603.11 per pupil which is scheduled to expire after taxes payable in 2019. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would be applicable for five years, beginning with taxes payable in 2020, unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law. Shall the increase in the revenue proposed by the board of Independent School District No. 261 be approved? 

B-B-E School District Question 1:     YES- 608    NO- 244  (*unofficial)
 
SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION 1 (ISD #2364)
REVOKING EXISTING REFERENDUM REVENUE AUTHORIZATION; APPROVING NEW AUTHORIZATION
The board of Independent School District No. 2364 (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa) has proposed to revoke the school district’s existing referendum revenue authorization of $212.84 per pupil and to replace that authorization with a new authorization of $661.26 per pupil. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would increase each year by the rate of inflation and be applicable for ten years commencing with taxes payable in 2020, unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law. Shall the school district’s existing referendum revenue authorization be revoked and the increase in the revenue proposed by the board of Independent School District No. 2364 be approved?
 
B-B-E School District Question 2:     YES- 587   NO- 263  (*unofficial)
 
SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION 2 (ISD #2364)
APPROVAL OF SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND ISSUE
Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 2364 (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa) be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $16,965,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the expansion and modernization of high school career and technical education space, the renovation of existing high school science classrooms, the creation of collaborative learning areas, the remodeling of high school special education space, and the remodeling of existing space to create new high school weights and fitness space; the expansion and renovation of early childhood spaces; the construction of new kitchen and cafeteria space at the elementary school facility; the acquisition, construction and installation of HVAC and other infrastructure improvements at both the high school and elementary school facilities, the construction of site, parking and traffic flow improvements at both school sites, the construction of secure entrances into the administrative offices at both facilities, and the construction of ADA improvements at both facilities? 
 
B-B-E School District Question 3:     YES- 570   NO- 276  (*unofficial)
 
SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION 3 (ISD #2364)
APPROVAL OF SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND ISSUE
If School District Question 2 is approved, shall the school board of Independent School District No. 2364 (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa) also be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $2,980,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the remodeling and updating of the high school kitchen, the expansion of the custodial equipment area at the high school facility, the construction of improvements to the high school auditorium, the creation of additional high school group and collaborative learning areas, and the construction of additional career and technical education improvements at the high school facility? 
 

Brandon-Evansville School District Question 1:    YES- 638  NO- 929
 
[1567 of 2400 registered voters went to the polls  65.29%] 
 
SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION 1 (ISD #2908)
Approval of School District Bond Issue
Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 2908 (Brandon-Evansville) be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $19,915,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities to convert the existing Brandon School site and facility into a Pre-K-12 site and facility, including the construction and equipping of an elementary school addition and improvements and an early childhood addition, and the construction of high school renovations and improvements including the construction and equipping of a band and choir addition and improvements to the cafeteria/commons area, classrooms, restrooms, locker rooms and parking lots? 

Voting by district:

EVANSVILLE CITY HALL     Yes- 124   No- 535

BRANDON CITY HALL        Yes- 514  No- 394

Brandon-Evansville School District Question 2:    YES- 590   NO- 971

SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION 2 (ISD #2908)
Approval of School District Bond Issue
If School District Question 1 is approved, shall the school board of Independent School District No. 2908 (Brandon-Evansville) also be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $5,300,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of a multipurpose gymnasium addition with locker rooms and dedicated Chargers Kids Club area to the existing Brandon School site and facility? 
 
B-E Superintendent Don Peschel talks about the "now what?", given the growing enrollment and building concerns. (AUDIO BELOW)

Parkers Prairie School District Question:     YES- 286     NO- 49   (unofficial)

Parkers Prairie voters said an overwhelming YES to their bond issue….  Superintendent Dean Yocum says it will be official on Nov. 14 after the board canvasses the election. 

SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION 1 (ISD #547)
Approval of School District Bond Issue
Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 547 (Parkers Prairie Public Schools) be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $4,160,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of a childcare addition, toilet, life safety, HVAC, deferred maintenance and other associated upgrades at the Parkers Prairie Elementary School, and the construction and equipping of a fitness room addition, toilet, security, HVAC, deferred maintenance and other associated upgrades at Parkers Prairie High School? 

Sauk Centre School District Question:  YES- 419  NO- 294  (*unofficial)
 
SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION 1 (ISD #743)
APPROVAL OF SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENDUM REVENUE AUTHORIZATION
The board of Independent School District No. 743 (Sauk Centre Public Schools) has proposed to increase its general education revenue by $1,033.83 per pupil. A portion of this proposed referendum revenue authorization would replace the school district's prior authorization of $733.83 per pupil which is scheduled to expire after taxes payable in 2020. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would increase each year by the rate of inflation and be applicable for six years, commencing with taxes payable in 2021, unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law. Shall the increase in the revenue proposed by the board of Independent School District No. 743 be approved?