To help address growing enrollment, aging buildings, budget pressures and academic needs, the School Board reviewed a recommendation for a Nov. 5, 2019 referendum at a recent work session June 10. The recommendation was based on months of study, including input from a Facility Task Force, community surveys, listening sessions and budget projections.
The recommendation is to bring a three-question ballot to voters in November:
- Question 1: Operating levy increase. The additional funds would continue the strong academic preparation of our students, prevent cuts to programs and services, maintain class sizes and manage growing enrollment.
- Question 2: Building bonds request. Funds would be used to build a new elementary school in Chaska for growing enrollment, address district wide deferred maintenance and building repair projects, and build a larger bus garage to protect and house the more than 100 school buses used to transport students. Question 2 can pass only if Question 1 is approved.
- Question 3: Security and technology levy no-tax increase renewal. Originally approved in 2013 but due to expire, funding would continue to support security upgrades in schools, technology infrastructure, computer devices for students and staff, and staff professional development.
The School Board will decide whether to move forward with the referendum at its June 24 meeting. Learn more about the district’s enrollment growth and funding needs that led to the recommendation at eccs.mn/needs.