May 15, 2017
ago, Mounds View Public Schools shared a common reality with many other metro
school districts – declining enrollment. During that time, the District worked
very hard to manage facilities and enrollment. According
to a former state demographer, our schools were right-sized for a decade.
has changed significantly.
View is the 10th largest district in Minnesota, and we’re growing fast.
Enrollment is at its highest level in 15 years, and about 1,600 more students
are expected in the next seven years. All of our sites are fully occupied, and we’re
rapidly running out of room in high schools, middle schools and elementary
tour of any school tells it all:
· Students often gather for small-group instruction in
hallways, stairwells or lobbies because classrooms are full.
· Students have limited access to flexible learning spaces to
collaborate, brainstorm, design and create.
· Cafeterias are packed with students at lunch.
same time, our schools are showing their wear and tear. The average age of
school buildings is 57 years old, and the most recent additions occurred about
15 years ago.
response to rising enrollment and aging facilities, a community facilities task
force examined these issues. With support from District staff, the residents recommended
adding space and improving infrastructure – at all schools. The School Board
agrees. Today, the District is working on a facilities development proposal, cost
estimates and a timeline that would allow for a bond referendum on Election Day
this fall. It would be the first facilities bond request in 18 years.
proposed by the Board and approved by voters, a successful bond would provide
the funding necessary to add flexible classroom space to all schools. That
would prevent class sizes from rising and keep students out of temporary space
solutions like portables or trailers. A successful bond would also allow
the District to address aging infrastructure and enhance safety at all schools
throughout the District.
In the coming months, please
watch for many more details on this developing proposal.
These schools belong to our community. It’s up to us
all to ensure they keep pace with space.
Mounds View Public Schools