Owatonna Public Schools Community Task Force on Facilities

For the past year, the Owatonna School District has been studying its facilities to identify the most appropriate and cost effective ways to handle various facilities needs - including aging school buildings with a growing list of deferred maintenance needs, elementary crowding, school security issues, multiple school transitions and inadequate space for high school athletics.

In January, a Community Task Force on Facilities was formed that consisted of 36 community members. After three months of study; more than 20 hours of meetings; review of hundreds of pages of documentation; development of 14 criteria to help guide their decisions; and discussion of a dozen or more options - the Task Force presented recommendations for addressing the school district’s facilities needs for at least the next decade to the School Board in May.  The Task Force identified elementary crowding, deferred maintenance and school security as the pressing needs, but also noted the aging high school needs to be addressed at some point.

To gather community input on the recommendations, the School Board hosted two public information sessions and commissioned a random-sample phone survey of Owatonna School District residents regarding residents' opinions of the facilities recommendations and other feedback about the school district.  The School Board hopes to  make a final decision in late July about what school funding request to bring to voters on a November 3 ballot.


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Additional Resources

Referendum Information
Deferred Maintenance Photo Examples
Community Survey Results
Public Info Sessions
May 11 Task Force Presentation to School Board
Task Force Recommendations Summary, April 30, 2015
How schools have changed in the past 20-25 years (video by Limberg Productions)
April 15, 2015 Update:  Weighing educational needs vs. building costs

Task Force Meetings

       Photo credit:  Kim Hyatt, Owatonna People's Press

The Community Task Force on Facilities met the first and third Thursdays of February, March, and April,
5:00-7:00 pm at Roosevelt Community Education Center.
Meeting Dates
January 29, 4:00-5:30 pm March 19, 2015, 5:00-7:00 pm
February 5, 5:00-7:00 pm April 2   April 9, 5:00-7:00 pm at
Owatonna High School, A Plaza

(note date and location change)
February 19, 5:00-7:00 pm April 16, 5:00-8:00 pm
March 5, 5:00-7:00 pm April 30, 5:00-8:00 pm


Community Task Force Members
Marc Achterkirch Joel Eaton Kent Kienholz Mark Randall
David Albrecht Matt Ginskey Troy Klecker Julie Rethemeier
Tim Blazek John Havelka Matt Kottke Shane Sattler
Todd Buegler Alonso Hernandez Faizal Lakha Steve Smith
Brian Bunkers Ibrahim Hussein Mark Langlois Grant Snitker
Melanie Burmeister John Hylle Jennifer Libby Reid Stransky
Amy Cocchiarella Vanessa Jensen Seth Madole Julie Sullivan
Renee Compton Amy Kain Michael Noble Vern Wilker
Kim Cosens Nancy Keller Bill Owens Bob Wottreng

Community members observing meetings may direct their questions to
Sarah Hoffman, Superintendent's Administrative Assistant