Bill Harvey

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Bill Harvey
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Board Member, Anoka-Hennepin School Board, District 3
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
AppointedJanuary, 2013
Appointed byAnoka-Hennepin school board
Term limitsN/A
High schoolEmmetsburg High School
Bachelor'sMinnesota State University, Mankato
ProfessionSales project director
Office website
Bill Harvey is the District 3 member of the Anoka-Hennepin School District. District 3 includes the communities of Champlin, Dayton and portions of Coon Rapids. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2013 and he won re-election in a general election on November 5, 2013.


Bill Harvey resides in Champlin, Minnesota with his wife. Harvey graduated from Emmetsburg High School and received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato.[1] He is employed as the sales project director for the Anton Group and serves as the vice president of the Champlin Park High School Vocal Music Association.[2]



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


Bill Harvey defeated challenger Grace Baltich to keep his District 3 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Anoka-Hennepin School District, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBill Harvey Incumbent 60.8% 1,275
     Nonpartisan Grace Baltich 38.5% 808
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 13
Total Votes 2,096
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 11 - Anoka-Hennepin," accessed December 17, 2013


Bill Harvey reported $3,013.35 in contributions, $2,695.78 in expenditures and $84.99 in debt to the Anoka County Office of Elections & Voter Registration, which left his campaign with $232.58 on hand.[3]


Bill Harvey did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

Three seats on the school board were up for election on November 5, 2013.[4] Two incumbents, Bill Harvey in District 3 and Jeff Simon in District 6, sought and won re-election, while District 4 incumbent Michael Sullivan did not file for re-election. Harvey faced one challenger in Grace Baltich, but Simon ran unopposed. The vacant District 4 seat drew three competing newcomers in William Fields, Janelle Kirkeide and Paul Meunier. Neither the Chair nor the Vice Chair of the school board were up for re-election in 2013.

Campaign website plagiarism

On October 15, 2013, Grace Baltich removed posts from her campaign's Facebook page that were plagiarized from other sources without proper citation. Baltich released a statement following the incident saying, "Yesterday, it was brought to my attention that my campaign’s Facebook page had several postings that were not properly attributed to the original authors of the content. I would first like to apologize on behalf of my campaign for these unfortunate errors."[5] She denied knowledge of the plagiarism prior to the content's removal, but accepted responsibility for the error.[5] Word of the plagiarism began to spread to district parents via an e-mail chain, and local reporter Sarah Horner noted that several of the plagiarized passages originated from the National Education Association and the Ohio Department of Education websites.[6] This controversy resulted in the Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota teachers union rescinding its endorsement of Baltich.[7]

About the district

See also: Anoka-Hennepin School District, Minnesota
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.[8] The county seat of Anoka County is Anoka. According to the United States Census, Anoka County is home to 336,414 residents.[9] Anoka-Hennepin is the largest school district in Minnesota, serving 39,106 students during the 2010-11 school year.[10]


Anoka-Hennepin School District's total budget for the 2013-14 school year was $493.8 million. This was the second-largest budget of any Minnesota school district, following after only Minneapolis Public Schools' budget of $524.9 million.[11] The district spent 79.5% of its budget on staff expenses, 11.8% on operational expenses and 4.6% on servicing its debt. The remaining 4.1% of the budget went to student services and miscellaneous expenditures.[12] According to the United States Census Bureau, Anoka-Hennepin spent $9,862 per-pupil during the 2010-11 school year. That was the twelfth-largest amount out of the 18 Minnesota school districts counted among the largest school districts in the United States by enrollment.[13]

Academic performance

According to the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment standardized test, Anoka-Hennepin's high school students outperformed statewide average scores in reading, mathematics and science. During the 2012-13 school year, 65% of the district's high school students compared to 62% of Minnesota high school students scored as proficient in reading. The percentages in mathematics and science were 55% compared to 52% and 62% compared to 53%, respectively.[14][15] Out of the 18 Minnesota school districts counted among the largest school districts in the United States by enrollment, Anoka-Hennepin ranked eighth in both reading and mathematics.[16]


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% of Anoka County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% 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% compared to 11.0% for the entire state.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
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[17]
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.[18]

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  1. Facebook, "Bill Harvey," accessed October 21, 2013
  2. Sue Austreng, Sun Post, "District 11 school board appoints Harvey to Hoffman’s seat," February 1, 2013
  3. Anoka County, Minnesota, "Campaign Finance Search," accessed December 17, 2013
  4. Sue Austreng, ABC Newspapers, "Six file for three seats on Anoka-Hennepin School Board," August 15, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Grace Baltich for All Kids - Anoka-Hennepin Dist. 11 School Board, "Parents Deserve to Know…," October 16, 2013 (dead link)
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Horner
  7. Sarah Horner,, "Anoka-Hennepin teacher's union withdraws school board candidate's endorsement," October 22, 2013
  8. Anoka-Hennepin School District, "General Information," accessed October 14, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 United States Census Bureau, "Anoka County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
  10. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed December 26, 2013
  11. Minneapolis Public Schools, "Budget Documents," accessed December 3, 2013
  12. Anoka-Hennepin School District, "District Revenues and Expenditures," accessed December 4, 2013 (dead link)
  13. United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 26, 2013
  14. Pioneer Press, "Statewide: All public schools," accessed December 26, 2013
  15. Pioneer Press, "Anoka-Hennepin," accessed December 26, 2013
  16. Star Tribune, "Metro," accessed December 26, 2013
  17. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
  18. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014