Paul Meunier

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Paul Meunier
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Board Member, Anoka-Hennepin School Board, District 4
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Ham Lake City Council
Ham Lake Mayor
Personal
ProfessionDirector of services
Paul Meunier was a candidate for the vacant District 4 seat on the Anoka-Hennepin school board. He did not win the seat in the general election on November 5, 2013. District 4 includes the communities of Ham Lake, Nowthen, Oak Grove and portions of Andover and Ramsey. He was also a Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate for District 49 of the Minnesota State Senate.

Biography

Paul Meunier holds a Master's degree in psychology and spent 14 years working as a contractor for the Anoka-Hennepin School District in a therapist position. Meunier is currently employed as the director of services for the Minnesota Youth Intervention Programs Association. He has held public office on the Ham Lake City Council and as its mayor, and in 2010 he ran unsuccessfully for the District 49 seat of the Minnesota State Senate.[1]

Elections

2013

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

Opposition

Paul Meunier and Janelle Kirkeide lost to fellow newcomer William Fields, who won the vacant District 4 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Anoka-Hennepin School District, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Fields 53.2% 820
     Nonpartisan Paul Meunier 36.3% 559
     Nonpartisan Janelle Kirkeide 10.3% 159
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 4
Total Votes 1,542
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 11 - Anoka-Hennepin," accessed December 17, 2013

Funding

Paul Meunier reported $4,485.00 in contributions and $3,829.36 in expenditures to the Anoka County Office of Elections & Voter Registration, which left his campaign with $655.64 on hand.[2]

Endorsements

Paul Meunier did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2010

See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Meunier ran in the 2010 election for Minnesota State Senate District 49. Meunier was unopposed in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor primary election on August 10, 2010, and was defeated by Michelle Benson (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3][4]

Campaign themes

In a survey conducted by North Metro TV, Meunier listed the following campaign themes:[1]

"It is important to continue managing the district in a frugal manner while investing in areas that provide a return on investment. Our challenge is that Anoka County has the lowest per capita income in the metro area and a rapidly increasing rate of poverty as evidenced by the number of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program doubling since 2003. I support continuing to invest over 70% of the general fund into classrooms with administrative costs kept to less than 3%. However, to keep up with inflation and maintain the current level of services, the district needs an additional $12 million annually. To address this funding need, we must ensure that the district gets the same compensatory revenue as other large districts. An additional important issue is our superintendent retiring in 2014. We must choose a leader that can provide above-average education at below-average costs. "

What was at stake?

Three seats on the school board were up for election on November 5, 2013.[5] 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.

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.[6] The county seat of Anoka County is Anoka. According to the United States Census, Anoka County is home to 336,414 residents.[7] Anoka-Hennepin is the largest school district in Minnesota, serving 39,106 students during the 2010-11 school year.[8]

Budget

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12][13] 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.[14]

Demographics

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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
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[15]
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.[16]

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