Facility Plan Details
(MDE Review & Comment)
District’s Next Generation Facilities Plan receives positive review from State
Formal approval required for May 5 Bond Referendum
Feb. 12, 2015
Edina Public Schools (EPS) has received a positive review and comment from Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius regarding the proposed renovations and additions included in the district’s Next Generation Facilities Plan Referendum.
“We are pleased that the commissioner responded quickly and favorably to our project plan and we are able to move forward with our information sharing and engagement efforts with the Edina community,” said Superintendent Ric Dressen. “We look forward to connecting with voters ahead of our bond referendum on May 5 to share with them our strategic plans for redesigning and aligning our facilities with the needs current and future learners.”
Under state law, proposed school construction projects over $2 million per site must be submitted to the commissioner of education for review prior to seeking voter approval of a bond referendum. The commissioner has 60 days to review and issue a positive, negative or unfavorable evaluation about the educational and economic advisability of the project. EPS submitted its $124.9 million project proposal on Jan. 26 and received a positive review from the commissioner on Feb. 10.
The Next Generation Facilities Plan includes renovations and/or additions at all 10 of the district’s schools, from early childhood through grade 12, to enhance building security, create a variety of learning spaces, and improve district infrastructure. According to Dressen, the plan allows the district to further its Next Generation of EPS Strategic Plan by transforming learning environments and advancing the district’s tradition of excellence.
Facility Plan Details
To review preliminary plans by site, including possible size and locations of additions/renovations as well as dollars allocated per project, see the Review and Comment document. Note that all diagrams show potential locations only. Exact project details and locations are subject to design meeting and further development upon successful passage of the bond referendum.