Elementary School Boundary Adjustments

A major goal of the November 2015 successful community-supported referendum was to address elementary crowding.  Thanks to the community, referendum funds are being used to convert Willow Creek Intermediate School to a K-5 elementary, build additions at Lincoln and McKinley Elementary Schools, and close Washington Elementary.  These changes require creating an attendance area for Willow Creek and assigning Washington students to other schools - which impacts all elementary school areas.

After months of developing criteria, surveying parents and staff, reviewing hundreds of possible scenarios and discussing options, the Owatonna School Board unanimously approved adjustments to the district's elementary school boundaries - the first time boundaries have been changed since 1996.  Read the press release here.

Beginning fall 2017, the Board-approved boundary adjustments will result in:
  • Most Washington School students and staff moving to McKinley Elementary, which will be renamed Washington Elementary School (423 14th Street NE).
  • Most McKinley School students and staff moving to Willow Creek, which will be renamed McKinley Elementary STEM School (1050 22nd Street NE).
  • Very few changes will take place for Lincoln and Wilson Elementary School students and staff.

Any questions about the school attendance areas can be directed to Pete Grant, (507) 444-8610.

Additional Resources

Elementary boundary changes letter to parents (11/16/16)
New and current elementary school boundaries map (new boundaries will be effective starting fall 2017)
Elementary parent letter about boundary adjustment process (10/18/16)
Elementary Boundary Process (options shared at the October 10 School Board work session)