Eastern Carver County Voters Approve Tech Levy,
Operating Levy and Bond Referendum Fail
On November 5, voters approved one of three referendum questions for Eastern Carver County Schools. The third question, a renewal of the school security and technology levy, was approved by 54.5 percentage of voters. The first question, an increase in the operating levy, failed with 49.1 percentage of voters. The second question, a bond referendum for deferred maintenance, a bus garage facility, and a new elementary school, failed with 47.8 percent of voters.
The failure of the operating referendum (question one) means the district will begin immediately to plan for $4.5 million in budget reductions. Superintendent Clint Christopher will be meeting with principals and district administrative staff to review immediate steps and start planning for the 2020-2021 school year.
The bond referendum that would have provided a new school, a bus garage, and deferred maintenance also failed. The district still lacks classroom space for a growing community. In the coming weeks, the School Board will look at boundary options in order to accommodate the number of students in the district. The bond referendum would also have provided over $60 million in deferred maintenance needs to address aging and deteriorating facilities.
Unofficial election results by precinct can be found below. Election results are unofficial until they are canvassed by the School Board at its Nov. 14 regular meeting.