SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTION RESULTS
With a vote of 51% - 49%, Fridley Public School District residents voted against the district's levy request. The grade-span change would have allowed the district to move 5th grade from the middle school to the elementary schools.
Fridley community members also reelected School Board members Avonna Starck and Ross Meisner to another board term, and elected newcomer Nikki Auna who will officially begin serving on the Fridley School Board in January 2022.
ABOUT THE LEVY
To support the academic and social emotional growth of our young learners, Fridley Public Schools is proposing a K-5 grade-span change. Currently, the district’s middle school is a grades 5-8, while the elementary schools are grades K-4.
The Fridley School Board voted to place a referendum on the November 2, 2021 ballot at its June 15 meeting. The proposed referendum would allow the school district to construct additional classrooms at each elementary school to support moving 5th grade from Fridley Middle School to the district’s two elementary schools, Hayes and R. L. Stevenson Elementary. If voters approve the levy, the district will begin construction in 2022 with anticipation that the 5th grade change will be complete by the 2023-2024 school year.
Having our 10-year-old students at the elementary schools for 5th grade will give our young scholars:
- An extra year of development and growth before middle school
- Opportunity to develop socially and emotionally
- Opportunity to learn and grow with students of similar maturity
- Opportunity to develop leadership skills as the ‘eldest’ in their building
- Opportunity to develop mentoring skills while working with younger students
Watch the Fridley Public Schools Grade Span Change Referendum video below:
attend the informational community forum
Thursday, October 7, 2021 • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Fridley Community Center
Residents are invited to attend the Fridley Public Schools 2021 Referendum Informational Community Forum on Thursday, October 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fridley Community Center, 6085 Seventh Street NE, Fridley, MN.
In a recent 2021 community survey, our parents and community members responded that: