On Nov. 3, 2015, the voters of Forest Lake Area Schools approved a bond referendum that will make repairs and upgrades to all of the district's buildings. This project has been named the Reshaping Opportunities for Success (2015-2020) project.
Scope of Project
- Safety and Security
- Upgrades in energy efficiency
- Repairs or replacement of roofs
- Repairs or replacements of boilers
- Repairs or replacements of HVAC
- Upgrades of outdated classrooms
- Other repairs, replacements and upgrades
Detailed Information About The Project
The following links will provide detailed information about the various elements of this facilities project:
Elements of the Project
Safety & Security Upgrades: This page first shows the safety and security challenges that the district faces and the shortcoming of the current designs of the schools, and then the district's plan of action to address these needs and to provide students with a positive, safe atmosphere for learning in a modern and secure school building.
The 7 - 12 Secondary Campus Plan: This page gives an overview of the plan to combine Century and Southwest into a single junior high school, and to move all 9th grade students into the high school in order to provide them with the academic opportunities of a modern high school student.
Elementaries - A School-By-School Breakdown: During this facilities project, every elementary school in the district will gain important repairs to facilities and upgrades in safety and security to bring them up to reasonable standards. This page will provide a school-by-school breakdown of all of the changes that will occur.
Project Timeline: Some of the project construction will begin as early as the spring / summer of 2016, but the bulk of the project won't be undertaken until the following year. This page provides a general breakdown of the timeline of this project.
Project Updates : The project managers for "Reshaping Opportunities for Success 2015-2020" provide weekly updates on the progress of the various projects. This page provides links to each of these weekly reports.
A Message from Superintendent Steve MasseyOn 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.
This 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.
These 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.
And the work doesn’t stop there. Approval of this bond in 2015 kicked 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.
After 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 those contractors.
Construction on the new 7-12th grade campus at the high school and current Century Junior High building is well underway. These improvements are expected to be completed in time for all secondary students to begin the 2018-2019 school year at the new combined campus. At this time, all 7th and 8th grades will combine into one school, and 9th grade will join the High School.
Construction in the elementary schools will begin in phases. 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.
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.
Steve Massey, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Forest Lake Area Schools