William Fields resides in Andover, Minnesota. Fields earned his Bachelor's degree from the United States Air Force Academy and served as an instructor and trainer there before taking on his current position with the Air National Guard.
|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|
William Fields reported $1,882.52 in contributions and $1,882.52 in expenditures to the Anoka County Office of Elections & Voter Registration, which left his campaign with no debt or cash on hand.
William Fields did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
In a survey conducted by North Metro TV, Fields listed the following campaign themes:
"Fiscal responsibility is paramount to having successful schools. While funding for schools is important, the solution is not to merely raise taxes on residents but to find smarter ways of doing things. Raising taxes will only force people out of the district due to unnecessary financial burdens and subsequently reduce the number of students, which can compound the problem. Additionally, ensuring the autonomy and independence of the Anoka-Hennepin school district is important instead of following a cookie-cutter approach crafted out of St. Paul."
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.
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- Sue Austreng, ABC Newspapers, "Six file for three seats on Anoka-Hennepin School Board," August 15, 2013
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- United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 26, 2013
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- Pioneer Press, "Anoka-Hennepin," accessed December 26, 2013
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- 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