Hopkins Public Schools community to vote on two levies

Hopkins Public Schools is conducting a referendum on Tuesday, November 5, with two ballot questions-one for an operating levy to support curriculum and maintain Hopkins Public Schools programs and services, and the other for a capital projects levy for safety and security, kitchen improvements and technology upgrades. These levy dollars will reach every student, in every classroom at every level of the District.  

What it is: Operating Levy

Voters will be asked to consider revoking the current operating referendum levy, which will expire in fiscal year 2015-16, and replace it with a new, 10-year levy that increases the per-student revenue amount by $418.23. This investment will generate an additional $3.1 million for the District the first year it is levied.

What can I expect if the operating levy is successful?

If passed, the updated operating levy will allow Hopkins Public Schools to continue to offer proven student programming and services throughout the District. The levy would be in place for 10 years.

What it is: Capital Projects Levy

Voters will also be asked to consider adding a capital projects levy that will generate approximately $1.75 million per year, for 10 years, at a tax rate of approximately 1.88 percent.

What can I expect if the capital projects levy is successful?

The capital projects levy would fund school safety and security updates, kitchen improvements and classroom-based technology upgrades. Specifically the capital projects levy would:

  • continue updates that are crucial to student security and safety including secured entrances, improved security technology, and barriers at each school.
  • upgrade kitchens to support our current nutritional standards, which include scratch cooking and minimal use of processed, heat-and-serve foods. 
  • allow the District to continue to offer quality curriculum and technology experiences for students.