Bloomington Public Schools, Minnesota

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Bloomington Public Schools
Bloomington, Minnesota
Bloomington Public Schools seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Les Fujitake
Enrollment:10,357 students
Graduation rate:84.2%[1]
Number of schools:18
Budget: $173.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Dick Bergstrom
Board members:7
Term length:4
Bloomington Public Schools is a school district in Minnesota that served 10,357 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[2] This district is the 13th-largest by enrollment in the state of Minnesota.

About the district

Bloomington Public Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Bloomington Public Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The county seat of Hennepin County is Minneapolis. Hennepin County is home to 1,184,576 residents, according to the 2010 United States Census.[3]


Hennepin County outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 45.5% of Hennepin County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 32.2% for Minnesota as a whole. The median household income in Hennepin County was $63,559 compared to $59,126 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Hennepin County was 12.6% compared to 11.2% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Bloomington (%) Minnesota (%)
White 79.7 85.3
Black or African American 7.2 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.1
Asian 5.9 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 3.1 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern, Hennepin County[5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 423,982 240,073
2008 420,958 231,054
2004 383,841 255,133
2000 307,599 225,657

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.[6]


The superintendent of Bloomington Public Schools is Les Fujitake.[7] Fujitake was first appointed to the position in 2005.[8]

School board

Bloomington Public Schools is overseen by a seven-member board, all of whom are elected to four-year terms.[9]

Bloomington School Board[10]
Member Term Ends
Dick Bergstrom 2015
Maureen Bartolotta 2015
Nelly Korman 2015
Dawn Steigauf 2017
Ricardo Oliva 2017
Jim Sorum 2017
Tom Bennett 2017

School board elections

See also: Bloomington Public Schools elections (2013)

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

Public participation in board meetings

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

The agenda for a regular meeting of the School Board includes “Recognition of the Public” at 7:00 p.m.

Individuals wishing to address the School Board with concerns, problems, suggestions, or requests for information on other than agenda items will be recognized at this time. Prior request for recognition is desirable by notification to the Superintendent or Chairperson. Persons not having given prior notice shall be recognized at the discretion of the Chairperson or a majority of the Board members present. The Chairperson reserves the right to limit discussion time of each participant, as well as the total number of recognitions.

Representatives of organizations or spokespersons for groups or delegations shall contact the Superintendent or Chairperson by noon on the Wednesday before the meeting and shall make available to the Superintendent or Chairperson a copy of the statement, petition or request. If background information has been prepared for all Board Members, it must be delivered to the Superintendent by 12 noon on the Wednesday before the Board meeting for delivery with agenda material.

Members of the public wishing to be heard on agenda matters shall be recognized at the discretion of the Chairperson at the time the matter is discussed. The School Board will take the questions and problems under advisement and issue responses after due deliberation.

Comments regarding specific employees, activities or practices will be handled at the discretion of the Chairperson to assure that the rights of persons involved are protected.[12]


The table below displays the budget for Bloomington Public Schools:[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 $128,346,251 73.8% $5,078,571 2.9% $15,000,000 8.6% $11,237,431 6.5% $14,405,330 8.3% $173,907,977
Averages: $128,346,251 74% $5,078,571 3% $15,000,000 9% $11,237,431 6% $14,405,330 8% $173,907,977

Teacher salaries

Bloomington Public Schools employed 667 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. 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 the Bloomington Federation of Teachers for 2012-2013:[15]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 37,488 58,139
B.A. + 12 38,751 58,901
B.A. + 24 39,902 59,634
MA 41,259 70,887
MA + 10 41,953 71,861
MA + 20 43,533 74,189
MA + 30 45,273 77,193
Ed.S. or Ph.D. 46,692 78,929

Schools in Bloomington Public Schools


Bloomington Public Schools serves 10,357 students. Bloomington Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Bloomington Public Schools operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[16]

Bloomington Public Schools
School Name
Beacon High School
Bloomington Transition Center
Hillcrest Community School
Indian Mounds Elementary School
John F. Kennedy High School
Normandale Hills Elementary School
Oak Grove Elementary School
Oak Grove Middle School
Olson Elementary School
Olson Middle School
Poplar Bridge Elementary School
Ridgeview Elementary School
Thomas Jefferson High School
Under 21 HS Diploma
Valley View Elementary School
Valley View Middle School
Washburn Elementary School
Westwood Elementary School

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 3 through 8, 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 5 and 8, 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 80% 1058 75% 1057
2011-2012 79% 1059 77% 1057
2012-2013 62% 1053 62% 1053

Mathematics MCA Performance, Grade 11[18][19]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 52% 1148 49% 1147
2011-2012 49% 1148 43% 1146
2012-2013 59% 1153 52% 1149

Science MCA Performance, Grade HS[18][19]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 52% 1048 N/A N/A
2011-2012 56% 1051 52% 1049
2012-2013 57% 1051 53% 1049

Contact information

Bloomington Public Schools seal.jpg

Bloomington Public Schools
1350 West 106th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: 952-681-6400

See also

External links


  1. MinnCAN, "Bloomington Public School District," accessed January 29, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed December 26, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 United States Census Bureau, "Hennepin County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Bloomington (city), Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
  5. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Bloomington Public Schools, "Office of the Superintendent," accessed January 29, 2014
  8. Kelly Smith, StarTribune, "Bloomington school board nixes future merit pay for superintendent," October 12, 2011
  9. Bloomington Public Schools, "School Board," accessed January 29, 2014
  10. Bloomington Public Schools, "School Board Members," accessed January 29, 2014
  11. Bloomington Public Schools, "Recognition of the Public at School Board Meetings," accessed January 29, 2014
  12. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  13. Bloomington Public Schools, "District Revenues and Expenditures for FY 2013 and FY 2014," accessed December 9, 2013
  14. Minnesota Department of Education, "Data Reports and Analytics," accessed January 29, 2014
  15. Bloomington Federation of Teachers, "BFT Documents," accessed January 29, 2014
  16. Bloomington Public Schools, "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, "Bloomington," accessed December 26, 2013