Stadium Advisory Committee

The idea of moving Matson Field, currently located across the street from Heritage E-STEM Magnet Middle School, was discussed by a district Facilities Task Force in the fall of 2013. At that time the Task Force recommended that, while the idea had merit, the School Board should conduct additional study and community engagement before moving forward.

In January 2014, a group of stadium advocates in the community contacted school board members to ask that the district consider including the stadium in the May referendum that was being planned, knowing that relocating the stadium would likely require a bond referendum. In February 2014 the school board agreed that a discussion on the stadium was warranted but should occur after the referendum. 
 
The school district’s May referendum failed to pass. The school board is now considering if and when to resubmit questions regarding technology, early learning, and/or security to the community for a second vote or to seek other avenues to address these needs. Although no final decision has been made, if another referendum is deemed necessary, questions could be put on a ballot as soon as the November 2014 general election. 
 
As the school board deliberates this question they have directed administration to assess the above stadium question, recalling the interest expressed by members of the community in January. Based on this analysis, the school board will consider whether a question regarding a stadium should be considered in a future referendum. Again, no decision has been made regarding a referendum, and no date has been set. 
 
School District 197 values stakeholder input. Therefore, a committee of parents, community members, coaches, school board members and administrators has been formed to explore the stadium relocation topic in June and July 2014.

The District is working with Wold Architects and Engineers to facilitate the ad hoc committee.

Anyone with questions regarding the Stadium Advisory Committee may contact the Superintendent's Office at 651-403-7002.

COMMITTEE DOCUMENTS
The School Board and Superintendent are committed to open and transparent dialogue regarding this committee. This webpage will not only serve as an organizational tool for committee members, it is also open for any community member, teacher, staff member or parent interested in the group's work.



COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Nancy Allen-Mastro            Superintendent 
John Chandler  School Board 
Daymond Dean  Parent 
Terry Doud  Henry Sibley Soccer Coach 
Mark Fortman  District Operations 
Matt Fulton  City of West St. Paul 
Carrie Hilger  District Communications 
Chris Hiti  Heritage Principal 
Brian Ihrke   Henry Sibley Activities Director 
Scott Karlen  Henry Sibley Associate Principal 
Matthew Klein  School Board 
Mike Magnusson  Community Member 
Justin Miller  City of Mendota Heights 
Kent Mogler  Community Member 
Dan Novak  Mendota Heights Athletic Association 
Tom Orth  Henry Sibley Associate Principal, Football Coach 
Nicole Paradise  Parent 
Joe Ruiz Community Member
Dave Schilling
Parent
Brad Shepherd
West St. Paul Athletic Association 
Stuart Simek
Community Member 
Teresa Tschida Parent