West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197) is currently in the process of completing a comprehensive, district-wide study of its facilities. Throughout the spring and fall of 2016, building assessments were completed that evaluated the interiors, exteriors, grounds, fields, mechanical systems and more of each school.
While many needs were identified, the assessments were just a first step in the study. Over the past few months, the district has been hosting several community input sessions. The superintendent, school board and administrators have been meeting with parents, staff, students and residents to gather feedback regarding the current state of the district’s facilities, as well as ideas for the future. Administrators have also been touring recently remodeled schools (K-12) in other districts to better understand facility options and possibilities.
In March, to study the issues more closely and to begin to form a long-term facilities plan, the school board assembled a Facilities Task Force of parents, community members, teachers, board members and administrators. The group will meet 1-2 times a month from March-October 2017.
Read the Task Force charge statement
In addition to the Task Force, several schools and programs will be forming sub-committees of staff and parents. The sub-committees will provide input and feedback to the Task Force as it conducts its work, creating a larger network of community engagement around the facilities planning process.
The last time District 197 completed a comprehensive study of facilities (with deferred maintenance items) was 1999. Based on the results, the district proposed a $56.2 million bond for facility improvements to the community, which was approved by voters in 2004.
Information regarding the Facilities Study and the Long-Term Facility Planning Task Force, will be posted at www.isd197.org/schoolboard/initiatives/facilities.
Anyone with questions about facilities or the Task Force can email them to email@example.com.