On May 8, 2018, residents voted to allow West St Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197) to issue building bonds for additions, renovations, and repairs at all elementary and middle schools and the high school. The bond proceeds will be used to:
• Conduct building and mechanical maintenance
• Modernize outdated classrooms and educational spaces
• Improve fine arts and athletics spaces
• Address handicapped accessibility and parking lot safety
Like most construction projects of this size, the district is planning a multi-year, phased approach for all improvements and repairs.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE (information available to date)
PHASE 1 - DESIGN
In the design phase, stakeholder subcommittees at each school will collaborate with architects to further develop plans for their building. At the same time, focus groups of stakeholders will discuss design plans for defined areas within the elementary schools, middle schools, and high school, across secondary grade levels (5-12), or cover district-wide programs/facilities.
Subcommittees and focus groups work independently; however, there will be overlap in the content of their discussions. All groups will work to ensure the priorities established by the Facilities Task Force in 2017 are maintained, and that designs address the needs and concerns of the school(s), program, or activity.
In order to ensure a smooth process, account for summer programming needs, etc. schools will complete the design process in two groups:
• Group #1 (May 2018-August 2018): Garlough, Moreland, Pilot Knob, Friendly Hills, and Henry Sibley
• Group #2 (November 2019-January 2020): Mendota, Somerset, and Heritage
PHASE 2 - CONSTRUCTION
The construction phase will take approximately three years to complete. Some smaller projects may begin in summer 2018, but most schools will see construction start during the 2018-2019 school year or summer 2019. Larger projects could take multiple years to complete. More information on construction schedules will be available as the final designs are developed.
UPDATES AND FEEDBACK
The school board and administration are committed to providing the community with periodic updates regarding the design and construction phases. Please continue to check this website for new information and updates.