The three referendum proposals on the ballot for Hopkins Public Schools—a $30 million bond, a capital projects levy, and an operating levy—were approved by voters on Nov. 7. In addition, Fartun Ahmed, Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, and Chris LaTondresse have been elected to the Hopkins School Board. Ahmed is the first Somali-American to be elected to the Hopkins School Board.
According to the election results website prepared by the Secretary of State's office, the bond passed with 7,174 yes votes (77.89%) and 2,036 no votes (22.11%), the capital project levy passed with 6,908 yes votes (75.84%) and 2,201 no votes (24.16%), and the operating levy passed with 7,055 yes votes (77.15%) and 2,090 no votes (22.85%).
What Was Approved?
The $30 million bond will provide funds to renovate and repair school sites and facilities. Approximately $6.9 million will be used to refinance our lease levy at a lower interest rate, saving our taxpayers money.
The existing 2010 and 2013 capital project levies were revoked and combined into one levy with a slight increase of less than half a percent (.44%). The new levy will generate about $10 million annually for curriculum and technology.
The operating levy will generate $15 million for the District the first year it is levied. The money will be used to support proven student programming and services throughout the District.
Hopkins School Board Election Results
Fartun Ahmed, Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, and Chris LaTondresse have been elected to serve on the school board. They are replacing incumbents Warren Goodroad, Michael Doobie Kurus, and Betsy Scheurer Anderson, none of who sought re-election. A breakdown of the election results are below:
Number of Votes
Elected to School Board?
Jen Westmoreland Bouchard
Election results are not official until canvassed by the Hopkins School Board at the Nov. 14 meeting.