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Anoka-Hennepin School District, Minnesota

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Anoka-Hennepin School District
Anoka County and Hennepin County, Minnesota
Anoka-Hennepin School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dennis Carlson
Enrollment:39,106 students
Graduation rate:76.8%[1]
Number of schools:38
Budget: $511.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Tom Heidemann
Board members:6
Term length:4
Anoka-Hennepin is a school district northwest of Minneapolis and Saint Paul in Minnesota. Anoka-Hennepin is the largest school district by enrollment in Minnesota, serving 39,106 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[2][3]

About the district

Anoka-Hennepin School District is partially located in Anoka County, Minnesota
Anoka-Hennepin School District is partially located in Anoka County, Minnesota. Thirteen suburban communities are a part of the school district, including some from Hennepin County, Minnesota.[4] The county seat of Anoka County is Anoka. Anoka County is home to 336,414 residents, according to the United States Census.[5]


Anoka County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Minnesota in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The United States Census Bureau found that 25.8 percent of Anoka County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 31.8 percent for Minnesota as a whole. The median household income in Anoka County was $69,139 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Anoka County was 6.6 percent compared to 11.0 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Anoka County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 87.7 85.3
Black or African American 4.8 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.1
Asian 4.1 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 2.5 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 3.8 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern, Anoka County[6]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 88,614 93,430
2008 86,976 91,357
2004 80,226 91,853
2000 68,008 69,256

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Anoka-Hennepin School District is David Law. Law was appointed to the position by the school board in February 2014, and he took office on July 1, 2014. His predecessor was Dennis Carlson, who served as superintendent from 2009 to 2014. Law formerly served as the assistant superintendent in the White Bear Lake School District. He graduated from Coon Rapids High School in Anoka-Hennepin before earning his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Hamline University, his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law and his superintendent's licensure at the University of Minnesota. He taught in California and then Coon Rapids High School before taking an assistant principal position at Sandburg Middle School in Anoka-Hennepin. He left the district to take a principal position White Bear Lake School District before becoming assistant superintendent. Law has also taught as an adjunct professor at both the University of Minnesota and Bethel University.[8]

School board

Anoka-Hennepin School District is overseen by a six-member board, all of whom are elected to four-year terms.[9]

Anoka-Hennepin School Board[10]
Member District Term Ends
Tom Heidemann District 1 2015
Marci Anderson District 2 2015
Bill Harvey District 3 2017
William Fields District 4 2017
Scott Wenzel District 5 2015
Jeff Simon District 6 2017

School board elections

See also: Anoka-Hennepin School District elections (2013)

Members of the Anoka-Hennepin School Board are elected to four-year terms. Three seats were up for election in 2013 and three seats will be up for election in 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Anoka-Hennepin School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[11]


The school board will strive to give all citizens of the school district an opportunity to be heard and to have complaints considered and evaluated, within the limits of the law and this policy and subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions. Among the rights available to the public is the right to access public data as provided by Minn. Stat. § 13.43, Subd. 2 (Public Data).

The school board will reserve time as part of the agenda for communication, delegations and petitions. The school board will hear testimony concerning items on the agenda, unresolved employee complaints and other comments of interest to the community.

The school board chair may decide to delay testimony on agenda items until after the presentation of the agenda item to the school board. Allocation of speaking time will be set by the school board chair in order to allow orderly and efficient proceedings.


A. Public Testimony

1. Citizens who wish to have a subject discussed at a public school board meeting are encouraged to notify the superintendent’s office in advance of the school board meeting. All citizens interested in speaking will be asked to fill out a form that will be provided to the school board chair prior to the start of the meeting. Contact information will include name, address, phone number or e-mail. The form will request contact information, and the subject to be covered or the issue to be addressed.

2. Citizens who wish to address the school board on a particular subject should identify the subject and identify agenda item(s) to which their comments pertain. Citizens are encouraged to provide a written copy of the testimony in hard copy or by electronic mail.

3. The school board chair will recognize one speaker at a time, and will rule out of order other speakers who are not recognized. Only those speakers recognized by the chair will be allowed to speak. Comments by others are out of order. Individuals who interfere with or interrupt speakers, the school board, or the proceedings may be directed to leave.

4. If a group or organization wishes to address the school board on a topic, the school board reserves the right to require designation of one or more representatives or spokespersons to speak on behalf of the group or organization.

5. Testimony which may involve data privacy concerns, which may involve preliminary allegations, or which may be potentially libelous or slanderous in nature shall not be considered in public, but shall be processed as determined by the school board in accordance with governing law.

6. The school board chair shall promptly rule out of order any discussion by any person, including school board members, that would violate the provisions of state or federal law, this policy or the statutory rights of privacy of an individual.

7. Personal attacks by anyone addressing the school board are unacceptable. "Personal attack” means making an argument which links the validity of a premise to a characteristic or belief of the person advocating the premise or making of an abusive remark instead of providing evidence when examining another person's claims or comments. Persistence in such remarks by an individual shall terminate that person’s privilege to address the school board.

8. In general all individual comment shall be less than 5 minutes. The school board reserves the right to set further time limits on speakers to allow citizens to participate within the scheduled time.

9. The school board in order to encourage participation of all citizens will require that the meeting attendees not respond to public testimony through applause or comment either positive or negative. The school board chair shall caution the attendees if the rule is violated. Individuals who violate the rule may be directed to leave.

10. The school board may decide to hold certain types of public meetings where the public will not be invited to address the school board. Possible examples are work sessions and board retreats. The public will still be entitled to notice of these meetings and will be allowed to attend these meetings, but the public will not be allotted time during the meeting to address the board.

11. Citizens are encouraged to not repeat testimony given by other speakers. A simple statement of agreement with past speakers will provide for a more efficient use of time so more citizens can present new information or points of view for the school board to consider.

12. Citizens shall address the school board and not individual school board members.

B. Complaints

1. Routine complaints about a teacher or other employee should first be directed to that teacher or employee or to the employee’s immediate supervisor.

2. If the complaint is against an employee relating to child abuse, discrimination, racial, religious, or sexual harassment, or other activities involving an intimidating atmosphere, the complaint should be directed to the employee’s supervisor or other official as designated in the school district policy governing that kind of complaint. In the absence of a designated person, the matter should be referred to the superintendent.

3. Unresolved complaints from Paragraph 1. of this section or problems concerning the school district should be directed to the superintendent’s office.

4. Complaints which are unresolved at the superintendent’s level may be brought before the school board by notifying the school board in writing.

C. Open Forum- Items not on the School Board Agenda

The school board shall normally provide a specific period of time where citizens may address the school board on any topic, subject to the limitations of this policy. In general all individual comment shall be less than 5 minutes. Depending on the number of citizens present the school board chair reserves the right to set further time limits to allow participation within the allocated time.

The school board chair may group speakers by topic. If there are more requests than time available priority will be given to citizens that reside within the Anoka-Hennepin school district.[12]


The table below displays the budget for Anoka-Hennepin School District:[13]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $422,858,534 87% $18,441,523 3.8% $20,458,608 4.2% $22,895,597 4.7% $1,205,000 0.2% $485,859,262
2014-2015 $442,979,708 86.6% $19,388,887 3.8% $27,744,120 5.4% $20,427,121 4% $1,205,000 0.2% $511,744,054
Averages: $432,919,121 87% $18,915,205 4% $24,101,364 5% $21,661,359 4% $1,205,000 0% $498,801,658

Teacher salaries

Anoka-Hennepin School District employed 2,199 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[14] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15-credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The current salary schedule is not available, but the following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota for 2012-2013:[15]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 37,231 57,135
B.A. + 15 38,076 59,133
B.A. + 30 38,832 60,576
B.A. + 45 39,702 62,018
B.A. + 60 39,702 65,106
MA 42,142 69,739
MA + 15 42,933 72,322
MA + 30 44,045 74,344
MA + 45 44,780 77,151
MA + 60 46,027 79,958

Schools in Anoka-Hennepin School District


Anoka-Hennepin School District serves 39,106 students. Anoka-Hennepin School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Anoka-Hennepin School District operates 38 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[16]

Anoka-Hennepin School District
School Name
Adams Elementary School (Coon Rapids)
Andover Elementary School (Andover)
Andover High School (Andover)
Anoka High School (Anoka)
Anoka Middle School for the Arts (Anoka)
Blaine High School (Blaine)
Champlin Park High School (Brooklyn Park)
Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Environmental Science (Champlin)
Coon Rapids High School (Coon Rapids)
Coon Rapids Middle School (Coon Rapids)
Crooked Lake Elementary School (Andover)
Crossroads Alternative High School (Coon Rapids)
Dayton Elementary School (Dayton)
Eisenhower Elementary School (Coon Rapids)
Evergreen Park World Cultures Community School (Brooklyn Center)
Franklin Elementary School (Anoka)
Hamilton Elementary School (Coon Rapids)
Hoover Elementary School (Coon Rapids)
Jackson Middle School - A Specialty School for Math and Science (Champlin)
Jefferson Elementary School (Blaine)
Johnsville Elementary School (Blaine)
Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts (Anoka)
Madison Elementary School (Blaine)
McKinley Elementary School (Ham Lake)
Mississippi Elementary School (Coon Rapids)
Monroe Elementary School - Mathematics, Science and Children's Engineering (Brooklyn Park)
Morris Bye Elementary School (Coon Rapids)
Northdale Middle School (Coon Rapids)
Oak View Middle School (Andover)
Oxbow Creek Elementary School (Brooklyn Park)
Ramsey Elementary School (Ramsey)
Roosevelt Middle School (Blaine)
Rum River Elementary School (Andover)
Sand Creek Elementary School (Coon Rapids)
Secondary Technical Education Program (Anoka)
StepAhead Online High School
University Avenue Elementary School - Aerospace, Children's Engineering and Science (Blaine)
Wilson Elementary School (Anoka)

Academic performance

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are standardized tests conducted to measure student progress toward the state's academic benchmarks. The reading and mathematics tests are used to determine whether schools and districts have made Adequate Yearly Progress toward all students becoming proficient in these subjects. The science tests are required by the No Child Left Behind Act but not included in the AYP calculations. Reading and mathematics tests are both given to students in grades three through eight, along with an additional reading test given to students in grade 10 and an additional mathematics test given to students in grade 11. Science tests are given to students in grades five and eight, along with an additional test given when students complete a life science or biology course in high school.[17]

Reading MCA Performance, Grade 10[18][19]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 79% 1058 75% 1057
2011-2012 82% 1059 77% 1057
2012-2013 65% 1054 62% 1053

Mathematics MCA Performance, Grade 11[18][19]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 48% 1147 49% 1147
2011-2012 42% 1146 43% 1146
2012-2013 55% 1151 52% 1149

Science MCA Performance, Grade HS[18][19]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 55% 1049 N/A N/A
2011-2012 53% 1049 52% 1049
2012-2013 62% 1051 53% 1049


Book banning debate

In 2013, Anoka-Hennepin officials selected Eleanor & Park for their "Rock the Book" summer reading program for district high school students. In August 2013, the Parents Action League filed a complaint with the school district regarding the content of the book, which includes profanity and sexually explicit situations, and asked for the district to remove the book from its libraries.[20] School board Chair Tom Heidemann acknowledged that the district was mistaken to include the book in the summer reading program without consulting parents first, but did not state whether the district would ban the book.[21] The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota issued a statement asking the school district to keep Eleanor & Park available to students, with its Executive Director Charles Samuelson arguing, "We are greatly concerned by removing books like this from the school libraries because they deal frankly and honestly with problems that teens face."[22] A book review committee chaired by Anoka High Principal Mike Farley announced on November 22, 2013, that the book would not be removed from district libraries.[23]

New school security measures

In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in 2012, Anoka-Hennepin School District implemented several new security measures for the 2013-2014 school year. These measures include locking all entrances to district school buildings, constructing vestibule entrances requiring visitors to identify themselves before a staff member inside the building grants them access and the issuance of key fobs to after-school program participants to allow and to monitor entry into buildings. These initial modifications were made to the district's 24 elementary schools, two early childhood centers and one special education center, and the district is considering new security measures for its middle and high schools. District Chief Operations Officer Chuck Holden argued that this will turn these schools into "hard targets."[24]

Student bullying and mental health

During the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years, a total of seven district students committed suicide. In July 2011, a group of students sued the school district and claimed that four of the suicides were due to anti-homosexual bullying and that the district did not adequately protect students from this form of harassment. The district settled the lawsuit in 2012 but denied these claims, arguing that the cause behind the suicides was instead mental health issues. Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, the district expanded its mental health offerings by contracting with an outside agency to provide 14 mental health professionals to students at a cost of approximately $2.4 million over four years. Superintendent Dennis Carlson praised the change and stated, "I'm just thrilled we are finally in a position to offer this kind of support on site... I saw students who needed help and needed it now."[25]

Contact information

Anoka-Hennepin School District seal.jpg

Anoka-Hennepin School District
2727 N. Ferry Street
Anoka, MN 55303
Phone: 763-506-1000

See also

External links


  1. MinnCAN, "Anoka-Hennepin Public School District," accessed January 29, 2014 (dead link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed December 26, 2013
  3. Anoka-Hennepin School District, "General Information," accessed December 19, 2013
  4. Anoka-Hennepin School District, "General Information," accessed October 14, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 United States Census Bureau, "Anoka County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
  6. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
  7. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  8. Anoka-Hennepin School District, "David Law chosen superintendent for Anoka-Hennepin School District," February 20, 2014 (dead link)
  9. Anoka-Hennepin School District, "Election of School Board," accessed December 26, 2013 (dead link)
  10. Anoka-Hennepin School District, "School Board Members," accessed December 26, 2013
  11. Anoka-Hennepin School District, "Public Participation in School Board Meetings / Complaints about Persons at School Board Meetings and Data Privacy Considerations," accessed January 29, 2014 (dead link)
  12. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  13. Anoka-Hennepin School District, "2014-15 Budget," accessed December 11, 2014
  14. Minnesota Department of Education, "Data Reports and Analytics," accessed January 29, 2014
  15. Anoka-Hennepin School District, "Working Agreement By and Between the Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District No. 11 School Board and the Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota," accessed January 29, 2014
  16. Anoka-Hennepin School District, "Visit Our Schools," accessed January 29, 2014
  17. Minnesota Department of Education, "Testing Information," accessed December 26, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Pioneer Press, "Statewide: All public schools," accessed December 26, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Pioneer Press, "Anoka-Hennepin," accessed December 26, 2013
  20. CityPages, "Parents Action League wants 'Eleanor & Park' removed from Anoka-Hennepin libraries," October 2, 2013
  21. Minnesota Public Radio, "Using 'R rated' book without asking parents was wrong, school chair says," September 25, 2013
  22. American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, "ACLU urges Anoka-Hennepin School District to keep Eleanor & Park on the shelves," September 26, 2013
  23. Star Tribune, "Challenged book to stay on Anoka High library shelves," November 22, 2013
  24. ABC Newspapers, "New school safety measures in place in District 11," September 5, 2013
  25. Pioneer Press, "Anoka-Hennepin schools to expand mental health offerings for students," July 16, 2013