Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools provides a high-quality education for students in grades E-12. Our district is known for its E-STEM curriculum, which stands for Environmental Education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Referendum May 24, 2016

ELECTION NIGHT: OFFICIAL RESULTS

Voters did not approve the referendum request: 47% yes (3,100 votes) and 53% no (3,557 votes). Click here for the press release.

Precinct Yes No
Prior Lake P-1 Prior Lake City Hall160309
Prior Lake P-2 St. Paul's Lutheran174199
Prior Lake P-3 Prior Lake Baptist214232
Prior Lake P-4 Friendship Church181386
Prior Lake P-5 Fire Station #2265309
Prior Lake P-6A Holy Cross212260
Prior Lake P-6B Living Hope98230
Prior Lake P-7 Shepherd of the Lake164269
Savage P-3 Savage City Hall5385
Savage P-5 McColl Pond ELC169109
Savage P-6 Bethesda Church260138
Savage P-7 Bridgewood Church174169
Savage P-8 O'Connell Fire Station8081
Savage P-9 Redtail Ridge288168
Credit River Township (CR Town Hall)131203
Spring Lake Township (combined)101218
Absentee376192
TOTAL31003557

REFERENDUM BACKGROUND

The referendum request allocated funds towards three goals, combined into one question on the ballot :

  • Space for students
  • Technology for teaching and learning
  • Security for schools
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MORE STUDENTS = A NEED FOR MORE SPACE

Between this school year and 2021, 1,500 more students are expected in our schools, spread across all grade levels. That's an average of 250 additional students every year! We are a popular school district with lots of room for housing growth; with that growth comes families with children.

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

The School Board and District leadership spent the last year studying the district's growth and facilities needs, and listening to the community before finalizing the referendum request. If voters approve the referendum, funds would provide:

  • Additions and/or renovations at every building in the district
  • A new elementary school and Bridges Area Learning Center
  • Technology for teaching and learning such as student and staff devices, our Data Warehouse, Infinite Campus, Schoology and FeePay. It also includes: infrastructure, our phone system and technology support staff
  • Enhanced school security including: a new, secure entrance at Prior Lake High School, a visitor screening system and additional security cameras for all schools

REFERENDUM REQUEST: MAY 24, 2016 VOTE

The one-question ballot includes a $129 million 20-year bond request and a $2.125 million per year 10-year technology levy. Both of these amounts are reduced from the original proposal in response to community input and use a range of financial tools to save money and be more efficient with tax dollars. We also know that if we open a new elementary school, we need funds to operate it, which is incorporated into the way referendum funds would be allocated. If voters approve the referendum, the tax impact on the average homeowner ($300,000 home) would be less than $31 per month.

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