ANOKA, Minn. – (Nov. 9, 2017) – With both Anoka-Hennepin ballot questions passing by a 2 to 1 margin district staff were extremely grateful on the morning after the vote.
“People have been wonderful, supportive and informed,” said Anoka-Hennepin Superintendent David Law.
The district held several community engagement events leading up to the vote and the message from voters was clear.
“People said ‘if you say your getting rid of the portables, get rid of the portables. That is important to us. Stick to your word on that.’ The elementary space issues resonated with almost any person across our community,” said Law.
Work on construction projects across the district will begin soon and students should start to notice class size reductions next fall.
“We are going to start that next year. People will notice that if you have elementary classes over 30 or high school classes over 40 we are going to try and address those,” said Law.
The district will break ground on new elementary schools in Blaine and Ramsey this spring with a projected opening date of September 2019. Renovations will also begin at the districts high schools this spring. Those will be completed over a four year construction period.
This was the first bond referendum in the district since 1999 and Superintendent Law expects this will solve the facility needs in Anoka-Hennepin for at least the next 10 to 15 years.