Tomorrow's Vote Critical for Edina Residents Hoping to Join School District

Created: 12/19/2012 10:34 PM KSTP.com By: Naomi Pescovitz

Residents of one Edina neighborhood are nearing either a victory or another hurdle in their attempt to detach from the Hopkins school district and join Edina.

On Thursday, the Hopkins School Board will take a vote on the measure and a "yes" vote would send the decision to the Hennepin County Board for approval.

Alan Koehler and around 400 of his neighbors live in a part of Edina that belongs to the Hopkins School District. He has organized a group called "Unite Edina 273" which delivered petitions to the Hopkins School Board this fall asking to detach from the district.

"It obviously creates some conflicts because in every other way within the Edina community we are considered full fledged residents of that community, but when it comes to schools then we are non-residents," Koehler said.

Through open-enrollment, Koehler's daughter is enrolled in an Edina elementary school.

"As parents, we're very happy to have our children in that district but we can't vote in the referendums that fund that district where our children now attend, we can't vote for school board members," Koehler said.

Two district committees have reviewed the requests. Neither recommends that the board grant consent.

A study conducted by a financial advisory company shows Hopkins' tax base would be reduced by about $373 million. The study shows that Hopkins Public Schools would lose about $557,750 in revenue annually.

The Hopkins School Board meeting takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Eisenhower Community Center Boardroom. There will be time for public comment.