Brooklyn Center school board sets two funding referendums for November vote

Brooklyn Center voters will have two school funding referendums to cast ballots on come this November.

In the wake of a unanimous decision by the Brooklyn Center School Board, two school funding requests will be placed on the Nov. 7 ballot, both of which were based on months of board discussions and data analysis.

The requests were reportedly designed to provide funding to benefit the students, staff members and buildings in the school district, and are as follows, per the district:
1. Increase operating funds to:
• Improve instruction for all students in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)
• Expand teacher training to improve academic achievement
• Increase academic opportunities for students
• Replace aging buses to ensure safe and reliable student transportation

2. Provide construction funds to:
• Add classroom space for increasing enrollment and growing pre-kindergarten program
• Improve school safety by designing secure building entrances
• Remodel existing classroom to better support learning in STEAM
• Create separate areas for middle and high school students at Brooklyn Center Secondary School

According to the district, taxes on average homes in the district area would increase less than $7 per month if both requests pass.

“State education funding is not keeping pace with educational costs, increasing needs nor inflation,” School Board Chair Cheryl Jechorek said. “With growing enrollment, our desire to strengthen academics and an operating levy that is lower than all our neighbors, we knew we had to increase revenue.”

“I am grateful that the school board unanimously voted to put two requests on the November ballot,” District Superintendent Mark Bonine told the Sun Post. “We know that strong schools help build strong communities, and we are committed to being good stewards of our communities schools and our taxpayer’s dollars.”

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