|Board Member, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|Appointed||October 27, 2011|
|Appointed by||Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board|
Gary Huusko has practiced law since 1983, and he is currently employed as an associate at the Severson, Sheldon, Dougherty & Molenda law firm. Huusko specializes in employment, business and intellectual property law. Prior to and since serving on the board, he participated in a variety of advisory councils in the school district in addition to his volunteering in the community and with local youth athletics.
|Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Mike Roseen Incumbent||30.1%||12,138|
|Nonpartisan||Gary Huusko Incumbent||26.3%||10,616|
|Nonpartisan||Art Coulson Incumbent||24.3%||9,811|
|Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 196 - Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan," accessed December 18, 2013|
Huusko reported no contributions or expenditures to the district office. State law does not require campaign finance reporting if contributions or expenditures do not exceed $750 in a calendar year.
Gary Huusko did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
During a candidate forum hosted by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Huusko provided the following campaign themes:
What was at stake?
There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Board Clerk Gary Huusko, Treasurer Art Coulson and fellow incumbent Mike Roseen sought and won re-election. They faced only one challenger, Craig Angrimson, for the three seats.
Since the 2009-10 school year, the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district administration has cut $34 million from its budget in response to a decline in the growth rate of state K-12 education funding. These cuts resulted in the loss of more than 200 staff and widespread pay freezes for remaining employees. Voters rejected a levy referendum in 2010 that would have increased local funding for Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, which left the district reliant on its 2005 levy that expires in 2016. There was a new levy referendum on the November 5, 2013 ballot that would allow the district to maintain its current spending levels without requiring additional cuts, which passed. On September 9, 2013, the school board and the Dakota County United Educators union agreed to a new salary schedule for district employees that provides a two percent raise in each step of the salary schedule and an increase in the district's benefit contributions. The previous salary schedule had not been adjusted for four years due to the financial difficulties experienced by the district.
About the districtDakota County, Minnesota. The county seat of Dakota County is Hastings, Minnesota. According to the 2010 United States Census, Dakota County is home to 405,088 residents.
Dakota County outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Dakota County was $73,723 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Dakota County was 6.0% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 38.8% of Dakota County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.4% in Minnesota.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, Minnesota
- Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools Elections (2013)
- Troy Thompson, Eagan Patch, "Eagan's Gary Huusko to Fill District 196 School Board Vacancy," October 28, 2011
- Information received in an email to Ballotpedia from district communications director Tony Taschner on February 11, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance," accessed February 11, 2014
- Andrea Parrott, Eagan Patch, "District 196 School Board Candidates Name Top 3 Priorities," October 9, 2013
- Erin Adler, Star Tribune, "Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district to ask for additional $10 million this fall," August 10, 2013
- Christopher Magan, TwinCities.com, "Teachers, nurses in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan schools get raises," September 10, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Dakota County, Minnesota," accessed October 15, 2013
- Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 15, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014