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  • Construction Communications Archive

    Edina Public Schools publishes information about construction throught a variety of platforms and media, including individual school e-newsletters, postcards to targeted audiences, the districtwide In The Know community e-newsletter, Update in 80 video e-newsletters, and District news. The following is an online archive of such communications.

  • District Statement: Radon testing of Edina Public Schools

    Posted by Mary Woitte on 5/7/2018

    May 7, 2018 - In March, Edina Public Schools, along with many school districts in Minnesota, received a request for data from KARE 11 about schedules and results for radon testing. According to Minnesota Statute 123B.571, school districts that receive health and safety revenue to conduct radon testing must conduct the testing according to the Radon Testing Plan developed by the Department of Health. Edina Public Schools has aligned radon testing with other Indoor Air Quality testing as part its ten-year facility plan. The Minnesota Department of Health also provides guidance for districts for radon testing and reporting.

    EPS conducts radon testing of its sites in accordance with guidance provided by the Minnesota Department of Health. The district contracts with its environmental health consultant, Institute for Environmental Assessment, Inc. (IEA), to ensure compliance with state guidelines. Records of testing was limited prior to the district’s reorganization of its Buildings & Grounds Department in 2013. Since then a schedule of testing has been developed and completed in accordance with the state’s Radon Testing Plan. All testing completed by the district, including testing dating back to 1990, has shown EPS facilities to be within ranges identified by the state, requiring no follow-up testing.

    It is our understanding that an investigative report by KARE 11 is scheduled to air on Monday, May 7, 2018. While EPS has provided data requested and held additional conversations with KARE 11, tweets about EPS’s plans have been teased through social media implying the district is not in compliance. We want to assure the Edina Public Schools community that we take all such claims seriously, and we greatly appreciate that radon is a serious concern for students, families and staff. Just as we all should take steps to better understand the radon exposure in our own homes, so too is Edina Public Schools committed to ongoing testing and recording of radon levels in its facilities to ensure we continue to provide safe learning environments.

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  • Contruction Update | February 2018 Experience

    Posted by EPS Communications on 2/20/2018

    Construction projects pass milestones

    The district-wide Transforming Spaces district-wide facilities plan passed several milestones recently with the completion of a 70,000 square foot multi-purpose activity center at Edina High School (EHS) and the ahead-of-schedule completed renovation of third floor learning spaces at South View Middle School (SVMS).

    In January, sixth grade classrooms at SVMS moved to the newly remodeled third floor. The project, which began this summer, created new classroom configurations and three extended learning spaces available for small and large group collaboration. New student furniture will arrive in August when the entire SVMS project is complete. Several other SVMS classrooms moved to temporary spaces over winter break to allow interior remodeling to continue in the north hall on the first and second floors.

    Bids approved

    At its December meeting, the Edina School Board approved bids for remaining building projects related to the district-wide facilities construction plan. Bidding for all projects funded by the $124.9 million bond referendum, approved by voters in 2015, are now complete and the facilities plan budget remains on target, according to Margo Bauck, business services director.

    Approved was a project bid for additions and renovations at Creek Valley and Highlands elementary schools, and renovations at Valley View Middle School. Construction at these buildings will begin this spring.

    The Board also approved a bid for earthwork related to construction at South View Middle School. (The building construction bids for South View were approved last spring.) In addition, the Board approved the purchase of fitness equipment for the newly constructed Activity Center at EHS.

    Former transportation facility sold

    In November, the district closed on the sale of the former transportation services facility on Eden Avenue. The buyer, Trammel Crow Chicago Development, Inc., finalized the sale for a purchase price of $4.7 million, per the purchase agreement approved by the School Board in March.

    Proceeds from the sale have been applied to the construction cost of the new facility located in southwest Edina, which was included in the 2015 Next Generation Facilities Plan. The district’s transportation operations and vehicle fleet moved to the new facility in August, where there is increased space to house all of the district’s vehicles and provide improved service, maintenance, and office facilities.

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