|Former candidate for|
|Board Member, Anoka-Hennepin School Board, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Ham Lake City Council|
|Ham Lake Mayor|
|Profession||Director of services|
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.
|Anoka-Hennepin School District, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 11 - Anoka-Hennepin," accessed December 17, 2013|
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.
Paul Meunier did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
- 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.
In a survey conducted by North Metro TV, Meunier listed the following campaign themes:
"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. 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 districtAnoka County, Minnesota. Thirteen suburban communities are a part of the school district, including some from Hennepin County, Minnesota. The county seat of Anoka County is Anoka. According to the United States Census, Anoka County is home to 336,414 residents. Anoka-Hennepin is the largest school district in Minnesota, serving 39,106 students during the 2010-11 school year.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Paul + Meunier + Anoka-Hennepin + School + District"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- North Metro TV, "Anoka-Hennepin School Board District 4," accessed October 21, 2013
- Anoka County, Minnesota, "Campaign Finance Search," accessed December 17, 2013
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "General Primary," accessed September 26, 2013
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "General Election," accessed September 26, 2013
- Sue Austreng, ABC Newspapers, "Six file for three seats on Anoka-Hennepin School Board," August 15, 2013
- Anoka-Hennepin School District, "General Information," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Anoka County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed December 26, 2013
- Minneapolis Public Schools, "Budget Documents," accessed December 3, 2013
- Anoka-Hennepin School District, "District Revenues and Expenditures," accessed December 4, 2013 (dead link)
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 26, 2013
- Pioneer Press, "Statewide: All public schools," accessed December 26, 2013
- Pioneer Press, "Anoka-Hennepin," accessed December 26, 2013
- Star Tribune, "Metro," accessed December 26, 2013
- Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014