Keeping Pace with Space For several years, sustained enrollment growth has been putting pressure on school capacities across Mounds View Public Schools. At the same time, school buildings and undersized classroom spaces are rapidly aging – showing their years through common wear and tear.

In response, the School Board established a 39-member facilities task force to provide feedback on District facilities. Reviewing data, reports and studies, the task force reported its findings to the School Board and administration in March.

Across the District . . .

  • Most classrooms are occupied all periods of the day.
  • Limited access to small-group and flexible learning spaces reduces opportunities for students.
  • Students often collaborate in hallways and conference rooms because of a lack of classroom space.
  • Students are crowded into the cafeteria for lunch
  • Many teachers use traveling carts and teach in multiple rooms creating instructional barriers and inefficiencies.
  • Students lose access to the gyms when large-group assembly spaces are needed for concerts, plays or assemblies.
  • Music lessons, rehearsals and small-group instruction frequently occurs in the hallways, stairwells, cafeterias, entrances or lobbies.
  • Drop-off and pick-up locations for parents, students and buses create congested areas and limits safe walking paths to and from schools.
  • Many school entrances do not provide a smooth and safe flow of students and visitors.

What did the task force discover about each school?

Bel Air Elementary School
Island Lake Elementary School

What did the task force recommend across the District?

Download recommendations here.

Next steps?

The School Board has directed the administration to create a facilities development proposal addressing the identified needs across the District and estimating the associated costs. In addition, the Board has requested that the administration create an accompanying timeline that would eventually allow it to propose a bond referendum for Election Day, November 7, 2017.