Here’s a question/
we’ve heard recently:
Why is this referendum in May instead of November? That seems like an odd time for an election …
State law allows bond (building) referendums in the spring. Levy referendums must be held in November. The spring timeframe allows districts to plan construction schedules that are convenient in Minnesota (i.e. the summer) as soon as funding has been approved.
In Eden Prairie, items proposed in this referendum have been under discussion for three years. During this time, construction costs have only increased. There is urgency to see if voters will approve this request and get the work underway soon. Some referendum projects, like classroom improvements and security updates would be started immediately this coming summer.
The May referendum schedule allows time for district staff to design the major work planned at Central Middle School, and to start the competitive bidding process in early 2020. Construction would begin that summer and continue over the next year in order to be ready to move 6th grade students to CMS in fall of 2021. Part of the planning process will include minimizing disruptions to students and learning during the 2020-21 school year.