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What will voters see on the ballot?

What will voters see on the ballot?

This is how the Phase II question will appear on the ballot: 

School District Question
Approval of School Building Bonds

Shall the board of Independent School District No. 279 (Osseo Area Schools), Minnesota be authorized to issue general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $223,225,000 for acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities including, but not limited to:

  • Safety and security improvements at all schools;
  • Career and technical education space renovations at all high schools;
  • Science, technology, engineering, arts and math space renovations at all magnet schools;
  • Classroom renovations for special education, gifted/talented and multilingual learners, at all schools;
  • New furniture and flexible learning spaces added throughout all schools;
  • Library media center renovations at all schools;
  • Outdoor classrooms added to all elementary and middle schools currently without;
  • Construction of a new elementary school, and an addition onto Maple Grove Senior High School, to address student population growth; and
  • The repurposing of an elementary school for Community Education programming from early childhood through adult?


building a better future vote

More students are a part of our specialized learning programs. A study determined that additional space is needed to accommodate this growth and any existing spaces need to be adjusted to accommodate unique learning needs. Right now there are many instances where dedicated space doesn’t exist so students are moved from room to room throughout the day. Additionally, spaces created in the 1950s and ‘60s aren’t equipped to handle the unique learning needs of our students. 

Learn More about What are the school building needs of our special education, multilingual learner and gifted talented programs?

Our district has been committed to investing in our school buildings in an equitable manner. Investments by city from 2018 to today, including proposed Building a Better Future, Phase II projects, shows that Brooklyn Park will receive about $2 million more than Maple Grove if voters approve (Maple Grove 41.6% of dollars, Brooklyn Park 42.5% of dollars).

Learn More about Are school building improvements being evenly distributed across the district?

Building a Better Future, Phase II, builds upon the work already started in Phase I and the district’s new strategic plan. These are the school building improvements that would continue that forward movement. Note: These proposed projects were determined through a multi-year research process that involved students, staff, families and community members.

Learn More about What school building needs are being addressed in the Phase II plan?