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Most of the 400-plus families who live in the Parkwood Knolls neighborhood in northwest Edina go to Edina schools through open enrollment.
But Unite Edina repeatedly argued they shouldn’t have to apply via open enrollment to go to schools that are in their city, which boasts top national rankings and high rates of college-bound students.
For Hopkins, which draws students from seven suburbs, finances are a major part of the issue.
Last year, an outside financial consultant projected the district would lose $557,000 in revenue a year if the Edina neighborhood left. Several Hopkins school board members cited that loss when they voted unanimously last year to deny the detachment request.
Betsy Scheurer Anderson, a board member who’s running for re-election, said she’s surprised the issue has factored in so heavily in this year’s contest.
“For us, it’s a done deal,” she said of the detachment request. “We made the decision and we’ve moved on.”
Anderson said she would rather discuss other issues facing Hopkins schools. Still, she acknowledges that lingering concerns about Unite Edina 273 very may well drive more Hopkins voters to the polls this year.
“If it gets more people interested in what our school board does, that’s a good thing in my opinion,” she said.
The other candidates in Tuesday’s election are Katy Fulkerson, Warren Goodroad and Michael Doobie Kurus. Goodroad is also an incumbent.
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