Community Design Team: Long Range Facilities Planning
In an effort to ensure all of our students have learning environments that reflect current and future needs the district invited the community to help develop a long-term facilities plan. A Community Design Team (CDT) was formed in 2019 to consider the district's facilities needs and make recommendations to the school board on ways to enhance our facilities to better support our students.
The design team reviewed all of the district's facilities and created a prioritized list of facility needs. A recommendation to the school board was presented on Feb. 20, 2020. The CDT's top priorities included:
- Rebuilding Lake Elmo Elementary
- Expanding Brookview Elementary
- Utilizing Oak Park as a multi-purpose center to house the St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center, the Bridge Transition (18-21) program, and Central Services staff.
- Remodeling Stonebridge Elementary
- Selling Withrow Elementary and the Central Services Building (CSB)
View the presentation to see the CDT's full prioritized list.
Read the CDT final reports:
Community Design Team
The Community Design Team was made up of community members, city and township officials, students, parents and district staff. The design team worked to develop a recommendation to present to the school board on how best to:
- Utilize existing space within the school district, as well as address future growth as a result of demographic and housing patterns;
- Enhance existing facilities over the next five years based on improving learning opportunities for all students;
- Identify deferred maintenance projects to ensure the safe and effective operation of existing district facilities for the next ten years.
In Other News
District leaders are working to resolve ongoing transportation challenges by rerouting buses to focus available drivers, creating neighborhood hubs and exploring an adjustment of school start and end times to provide time for some buses to run double routes.
An additional 7 drivers are available to cover routes starting Sept. 7, while schools extend hours to support families without busing.
Families who can carpool to school are encouraged to do so in light of anticipated busing delays caused by driver shortage.
Students from the high school's FFA Chapter earned top awards for their landscape display at the state fair.
Stillwater Area High School student Coolsjes Singhvi has been named to the prestigious Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS list! It’s the nation’s premier STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competition for middle school students.
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores dropped during COVID, reinforcing need for continued support.
Christopher Kunze has been selected to fill an open seat on the school board until the special election is held in November.
Masks will be required for all people in the school setting (preK through grade 8) as we start the new school year.