School District Elections
The School Board is responsible for the conduct of all district elections. Voting information and records, including campaign finance reports and information about past elections, are included below.
School Board Election 2019
The 2019 School Board election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5. Four of the seven at-large positions on the School Board of Independent School District 196 are up for election. The terms of Joel Albright, Sachin Isaacs, Jackie Magnuson and Bob Schutte expire Jan. 6, 2020. The term of each open position is four years, from January 2020 to January 2024.
The School Board is responsible for developing policy to ensure the proper care, management and control of district affairs, and supporting the district’s mission of “Educating our students to reach their full potential.”
The candidates for four at-large positions are:
Incumbents Joel Albright of Apple Valley, Sachin Isaacs of Burnsville and Jackie Magnuson of Rosemount, and challengers Maggie Bruecken of Apple Valley, Rebecca Gierok of Apple Valley, Curtis Henry of Rosemount, Laura Holm of Rosemount, former board member Gary Huusko of Eagan, Cory Johnson of Eagan, Angela Noonan of Eagan, Kristin Schaub of Apple Valley, and Hannibal Smith of Apple Valley.
Levy Referendum 2019
The District 196 School Board is moving forward with plans to call for an operating levy referendum increase this fall that would allow the district to avoid up to $18 million in additional budget cuts and fund improvements to classroom staffing, increased mental health support for students and after-school activity bus transportation.
The board reviewed an administrative recommendation at its June 24 meeting and approved a resolution calling for an operating levy referendum at its next regular meeting July 22.
The question on the November ballot is asking to revoke the existing operating levy of $940 per pupil, which was approved by district voters in 2013, and replace it with a new 10-year levy for $1,567 per pupil, an increase of $627 per pupil. The single ballot question would raise an additional $19 million per year, plus annual inflationary increases. The net tax impact of the proposed question would be $25 per month, or $300 per year, on the average-value home in the district, which is $286,500. Visit the Levy 2019 website for more information.