Hopkins Public Schools is conducting a referendum on Tuesday, November 7, with three ballot questions—a bond to update and expand our facilities, a capital projects levy to support technology and curriculum, and an operating levy to maintain District programs and services. This referendum will ensure Hopkins is building for the future success of our District, advancing the innovative ways we teach in the 21st century classroom, and continue the tradition of educational excellence.
What Do All of These Terms Mean?
Referendum: A legal vote or election by citizens on any issue.
Bond: A bond referendum is used to raise funds to renovate or build facilities. Funds from a bond referendum can only be used for this purpose and cannot be used to pay for the general operations of a district.
Capital Projects Levy: This levy gives school districts the authority to spread out the purchase of items such as technology infrastructure for students and curriculum over a specified number of years.
Operating Levy: A local tax that district residents approve to help support student programs, opportunities, and services in their local districts. These dollars are used to maintain or enhance the quality of existing educational and instructional programs and services.
One Low Tax Impact
If all three referendum questions are approved, the tax impact would be $3 per month for a $250,000 home, the average home value in our District.
- According to Niche.com, Hopkins Public Schools is ranked the sixth best School District in Minnesota.
- For the fourth year in a row, Hopkins High School was named a Silver Medalist School by U.S. News and World Report.
- Hopkins High School was also named one of the 2017 Best High Schools That Challenge Their Students to Excellence by the Washington Post.
- Hopkins Public Schools is consistently recognized for its financial reporting
- This is the sixth consecutive year the District has received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International.
- The District has received the School Finance Award from the Minnesota Department of Education eight out of the last nine years.