Watch and Listen to the May 14 Community Presentation by Superintendent Jeff Elstad
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.
Facility deficiencies at the high school are still an issue, and with a 100-year-old building, will not improve over time. A new high school on a new site provides a long-term strategic solution and is the most fiscally responsible option. The community task force identified several needs at the high school, including on-going maintenance needs, safety and security concerns, site size limitations and inadequate learning spaces that are outdated and do not meet current or future educational and industry practices.
How was the decision made?
The community task force was reconvened in 2018 to evaluate needs at the high school. After a comprehensive analysis by the community task force, a professional community survey and other community input, the Owatonna School Board unanimously decided to adopt the task force recommendation to replace the existing 100-year-old building through a $116M bond referendum.
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)