The following links will provide detailed information about the various elements of this facilities project:
Nov. 3, 2015, voters in the Forest Lake Area school district approved
$143 million in bond funding to make facility improvements all across
the district. This is not only a positive outcome for the students and
staff at Forest Lake Area Schools, but also for the hundreds of parents,
business owners and concerned citizens who freely gave up time and
resources to help accomplish this goal for our schools.
bond proposal goes far beyond the most recent election and campaign. For
more than a decade, citizen groups have been working with us to sort
out and solve facility maintenance challenges throughout the district.
hard-working friends and neighbors understood right away that the needs
weren’t going to go away, and they wouldn’t get any cheaper to address.
We started with a gap-analysis team and then moved to a facility needs
task force, who toured each building in the district and created an
overall plan to address facility needs.
The bond proposal that
was ultimately approved was the culmination of work and
effort from those committees and other citizen groups.
work doesn’t stop there. Approval of this bond plan kicks off a four to
five year design-and-build process - which we are calling the "Reshaping Opportunities for Success 2015-2020" project - that will ultimately improve every
building in the district.
Although preliminary plans were
created prior to the election, they don’t contain nearly enough of the
detail needed for construction. In the next few months district staff,
architects and construction managers will finalize the design and create
plan drawings for everything from plumbing to electrical.
that, we’ll go through a bid process to select contractors for each
part of the job and we’ll complete the pre-construction planning with
Construction on the new 7-12th grade campus
at the high school and current Century Junior High building will begin
in the spring of 2017. Those improvements are expected to be completed
in time for all secondary students to begin the 2018-2019 school year at
the new combined campus.
Construction in the elementary schools
will begin in phases, depending on the complexity of the work needed.
All elementary school upgrades are scheduled to be completed by the
2019-2020 school year.
Programs currently housed in the CLC will
continue to operate there until construction can be completed at the
building currently known as Southwest Junior High. Programs at the CLC
will move to their newly refurbished space at the Southwest location in
the fall of 2019.
There are many details still to be determined,
and I’m certain that many people will have questions as the work
proceeds. As always, our most current information will be posted on this
website. We will also provide updates as needed via newsletters and
other communication vehicles.
Those of us who work in the
district are very eager to begin this important project, and we are excited about the
support for student achievement that "Reshaping Opportunities for Success 2015-2020" will provide.
Linda Madsen, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Forest Lake Area Schools