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Special Election Results: 2023 Referendum and School Board Seat

Dear BCCS Community,


As you know, Brooklyn Center Community Schools had two items on the ballot this fall. This message is to share with you the final results determined by Brooklyn Center residents in today’s election.


  • Referendum Question 1, asking for a $300 per student increase to the district’s operating levy, was rejected. 

    • The levy was rejected 54.13% (190 votes) to 45.87% (161 votes) with 351 voters participating in the election.


  • Voters elected Janelle Collier to fill a vacancy on the school board for a term to be served from January 2024 - January 2027. 

    • Janelle Collier received 52.63% (170 votes) compared to her opponent, Mary O’Connor who received 46.13% (149 votes).


The final voting results from this election are unofficial until the Board of Independent School District No. 286 (Brooklyn Center), Minnesota will canvas the election results at the upcoming business meeting on Monday, November 13, 2023.


We are excited to welcome Janelle Collier to the school board and to serve with her during her upcoming term.


While the referendum results may not be the outcome we had hoped for this fall, making your voice heard in an election is important as it is your opportunity to have a say in the decisions that affect students in our community. Your vote is a powerful tool to help shape the future of BCCS and while many will be disappointed with the election outcome, we understand the importance of listening to the voices and needs of our constituents.


As always, we will continue to stand front and center for the young people we love and serve.



Dr. Carly Baker, Superintendent



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