Creating a Plan for the Next Century of Learning
Bond Referendum and Operating Levy Renewal Questions Approved by Voters
Voters in St. Louis Park approved both questions put forward by St. Louis Park Public Schools on the November 7 ballot. The renewal of the operating levy ($2,079.99 per pupil) was approved 85-15%. The $100.9 million bond referendum was approved 81-19%.
The renewal of the operating levy will allow the district to continue its current level of funding for teachers, classrooms, and programs. The bond referendum will allow the district to address increasing enrollment, aging facilities, and a need for more flexible learning spaces to accommodate next century learning. The bond referendum will also allow the district to achieve strategy four in the 2015-2020 strategic plan, which states that the district “will ensure that our facilities are consistent with the needs of our learners and community.”
“I am incredibly grateful to the voters of St. Louis Park,” said Superintendent Astein Osei. “This election proves once again that this community puts its children first. As superintendent, I am excited to move forward with the additions and renovations to our facilities that will help us provide a safe and nurturing environment that energizes and enhances the spirit of all learners.”
More information about the design and construction phase of this referendum will be made available in the coming weeks.
St. Louis Park Public Schools is facing increasing enrollment, aging facilities, and a need for flexible learning spaces to accommodate next century learning. Additionally, the schools serve an important role as community centers and gathering spaces for all residents.
Driven by its Mission Statement and Strategic Plan, the District created a Learning Design Team to research existing facilities and best practices, assess the needs of the greater community, and develop options for school board consideration.
The School Board reviewed the options and actively sought community input. With the recommendation of the Learning Design Team and input from the community, the Board selected a $100.9 million bond referendum package to meet the needs of all learners and allow the District to achieve its strategic plan.
The bond referendum will provide:
- Learning spaces for all ages
- PSI will move to Cedar Manor
- Additional Middle School classroom space
- Middle School Performing Arts Space
- High School Weight Room
- Centralized Kitchen to prepare healthy meals for all students
- Longterm plan to exit Central Community Center
- District Office moves out of High School
- Committed space for Early Childhood Programs
- Consideration leasing properties for transitional use
- Security, Technology, Heating & Cooling, and Accessibility for all schools
St. Louis Park Public Schools is also seeking a renewal of the Operating Levy to support our current level of funding for teachers, classrooms, and programs. This proposal provides basic funding for teachers, classrooms, and programs. Federal and State funding of education has not kept pace with inflation and everincreasing standards and requirements. The operating levy renewal will allow the District to continue providing a world-class education. Community Members Working Together for the Future