Bond Referendum: New High School
On May 14, 2019, Owatonna School District residents will be able to vote on a request to provide funding for a new high school.
The Community Task Force on Facilities, a group of community members, parents, teachers, staff, and students, has been studying our facilities over the past four years to recommend the most effective ways to handle school and student needs within Owatonna Public Schools. The Community Task Force’s recommendation to address K-8 needs led to the successful 2015 referendum, which addressed elementary crowding, maintenance, and safety and security. The Task Force reconvened in 2018 to evaluate needs at the High School and make a recommendation to the School Board. Based on their extensive analysis, the Task Force recommended building a new High School to replace the existing 100-year old building.
How was the decision made?
The Task Force studied various options for addressing identified needs at the High School, including much-needed maintenance, safety and security concerns, site size, activities and athletics space, lack of flexible learning space, and classroom spaces that do not meet current or future educational needs. After a comprehensive study and professional community survey, the Owatonna School Board unanimously voted to adopt the Task Force recommendation to ask the voters of Owatonna whether to fund a new High School through a $116M bond referendum.
What would be included?
Public Information Sessions
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Owatonna High School (small group forum)
Monday, April 29, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Owatonna High School (small group forum)
High School Tours Open to the Public
The Owatonna Senior High School will host school tours in the weeks leading up to the May 14 election when voters will be asked to consider a building bond referendum for a new high school.
The tours are open to the public and will be conducted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Tours will begin every half hour near the auditorium doors.
The dates of the tours are:
Saturday, February 2
Saturday, February 16
Saturday, March 2
Saturday, March 16
Saturday, April 13
Saturday, April 27
Saturday, May 11
Tax Impact and Online Calculator
High School Tour Guide Fact Sheet
Facilities Task Force
School Board Meeting Video: Task Force Mid-Process Board Update
School Board Meeting Video : Task Force Recommendation
In the Owatonna People's Press
Press Release: Local Businesses Show Support in a Big Way for New High School