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May 14, 2019 Bond Referendum: 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


Learn more:
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)

Links:
May 14, 2019 Building Bond
Facilities Task Force on Facilities Meetings

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