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Referendum 2023


Updated: Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 9:55pm

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

Click here to read this message in Spanish, Hmong, or Somali.

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Brooklyn Center Community Schools ISD #286 will hold a one-question referendum election that will allow voters to consider an increase to the district’s current operating levy. Operating levies are used for day-to-day operations of the district including teaching and learning.

Question 1 proposes to increase the district’s operating levy by $300 per student.

The current local operating levy generates $583,360 (1.6% of the district’s annual operating revenue) and is used to fund the general operations of the district, including but not limited recruiting and retention of high-quality staff members. The tax impact for the approval of Question 1 will be about $15 per month for a home valued at $286,000 (equal to $175 annually).

Why is it Needed & How will it Benefit Kids?

At Brooklyn Center Community Schools, we are committed to our vision of becoming a justice-centered school community with a focus on meeting the needs of each student. The proposed levy would provide funding to support the following areas:

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Maintain or Reduce Current Class Sizes 

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Retain and Attract High-Quality Staff

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Enhance Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Support for Students

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Provide Greater Financial Stability and Limit Future Budget Reductions

What is the cost?

If the operating levy passes, property owners can expect a slight increase in their annual taxes.

This increase in property taxes would generate an estimated additional $686,820 to the district’s annual revenue (increasing total operating referendum revenue to $1,279,000 per year). Funds would be spent directly on impacting the student experience in our district including but not limited recruiting and retention of high-quality staff members, programming, and additional support for student wellbeing.  

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For example:

  • If approved, homeowners with an estimated market value of $200,000 would pay an annual increase of $122, or an increase of about $10 per month.

  • If approved, the average home value in the district of $286,000 would see an annual increase of $175, or an increase of about $15 a month.

  • If approved, homeowners with an estimated market value of $350,000 would see an annual increase of $214, or an increase of about $18 a month.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How Can I Vote?

Register to Vote

Election day is November 7, 2023. Residents of Brooklyn Center Community Schools’ District can register to vote or update their voter registration now. Click here to learn how to register or check your voter registration status.

Early Voting/Vote Absentee

Absentee voting is available at Brooklyn Center City Hall through Monday, November 6 (6301 Shingle Creek Parkway).

  • Friday, November 3 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, November 4 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Monday, November 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Click here to learn how to vote absentee.

Election Day

Polls are open for voting in-person at Brooklyn Center Heritage Center on Election Day (6155 Earle Brown Drive).

  • Tuesday, November 7 from 7:00 am - 8:00 p.m.

If you are voting in-person on November 7, 2023, click here to find your polling place.

Sample Ballot

Click here to view a sample ballot. 

Have questions?

Contact Brooklyn Center Community Schools!


Phone: 612-440-1454

What if the referendum is not approved?

If the district’s proposed operating levy increase is not approved, the district will face some tough decisions. With potential cuts, the BCCS may not be able to maintain current class sizes and have to decrease services and programs to support the social, emotional, and mental health of students. This would cause class sizes to grow and decrease access to mental health services at school.

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The district will experience additional budget cuts for the 2024-2025 school year which may cause further staffing and programming cuts. These types of reductions will affect the students’ experience in the classroom and access to student programs outside of the school day as the district reduces its operating budget.