Bond Referendum: New High School
Student-focused. Community-driven.

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?
  • New 342,000 sq. ft. building with capacity for 1,700 students, including classrooms, core and activities space
  • Improved safety, security and accessibility
  • Adequate student, staff and visitor parking and traffic safety improvements
  • Flexible learning spaces for small group, large group and one-on-one work
  • Up-to-date technology to support teaching and learning
  • No disruption to staff and students during construction
Student-focused Community-driven
  • Classrooms that are designed to allow students to connect academic strengths to career interests and passions
  • Facility focused on health and safety of students including indoor air quality and energy efficiency
  • Modern industrial and agricultural technology for manufacturing and science classrooms
  • A high school design to meet accessibility compliance standards
  • $22 million plus in-kind donations from local businesses that reduces the tax impact on residents (Federated Insurance, Viracon and Wenger Corporation)
  • 91% of our community believes they receive a good value for their investment in the Owatonna Public Schools
  • Based on community values as outlined in surveys, discussion groups and Task Force findings, strong schools build strong communities
  • Research shows that public school quality is one of the most important determinants of home value

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

Learn more
Call:  507-444-8650