Bloomington is the fifth largest city, as of 2016 estimates, in Minnesota. It is located in Hennepin County on the north bank of the Minnesota River, above its confluence with the Mississippi River. Bloomington lies 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Minneapolis

SD 271 has served the K–12 education of the city since the 1960s with an operating fund revenue of $94.6 million in 2007  15 public schools in Bloomington are operated by the district and is governed by a seven-member elected school board, appointing current Superintendent Les Fujitake in 2006The previous Superintendent Gary Prest won the Superintendent of The Year for 2005 in Minnesota. The city’s first public charter school, Seven Hills Classical Academy, opened in 2006. As many families remain or continue to move into the city, there has been support for levy increases. In 1999 they approved the then-largest school bond issue in Minnesota history, funding a $107 million school expansion and renovation project.

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The two high schools are John F. Kennedy High School in the east and Thomas Jefferson High School in the west. The determining boundary for high school attendance runs near the center of Bloomington on France and Xerxes Avenues, though both schools have open enrollment.

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