Independent School District 15
A K-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township


Bond Referendum • November 2017

The School Board for Independent School District 15 has approved the Bond Referendum for the November 7, 2017 election. Input from the community was gathered through a survey, a public forum and a dialogue session.

The School Board approved the review and comment that was submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education.

Building Our Future Together

The single $80,060,000 bond question on the November 7 ballot will:

  • Address critical deferred maintenance and physical facility needs
  • Improve districtwide safety, security and accessibility
  • Enhance educational spaces and learning environments

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Major components of the proposed improvements include:

  • Improvements necessary to address deferred maintenance and physical facility needs within the existing district facilities including replacement of aging infrastructure and interior finishes.
  • Renovations, additions, and site improvements at existing facilities to eliminate portable classrooms, reorganize growing and emerging programs like special education and other specials, and renovations and updates needed to better accommodate programmatic and curricular goals associated with 21st Century learning concepts.
  • Districtwide safety and security improvements including creation of secure entries to ensure safe and welcoming environments for all district students, staff, and community users.
  • Site improvements to improve on-site traffic flow and pedestrian safety.

Referendum Scope

St. Francis High School:

  • Address ADA issues on building site and field amenities
  • Repurpose existing room 135 for gymnastics use
  • Construct a building addition for weights & fitness
  • Interior renovations for improved accessibility, visitor management, secure entry, conference room, large group space, etc.
  • Renovate current office location for special education use
  • Expand the existing IT space for machining, storage, support space
  • Renovate and expand the existing music suite into rooms A117 & A121
  • Renovate the existing FACS space
  • Repurpose room B117 for drafting use
  • Repurpose room B122 for use as a team room
  • Renovate the existing locker rooms
  • Repurpose two existing computer labs for use as break-out and collaboration spaces
  • Renovate the existing science & business core on 1st floor
  • Reorganize special education program spaces including relocation of the center-based programming to the current office area
  • Address physical deferred maintenance and infra-structure needs throughout the building including mechanical, electrical, and building envelope improvements
  • Replace outdated interior finishes including demountable partition wall systems

  • St. Francis Middle School:

  • Modify the site entrance to create dedicated right turn lanes in and out of the site
  • Reorganize and modify main office to develop a secure entry
  • Recapture gym #3 for phy-ed use; relocate gymnastics to room 135 at the High School
  • Renovate science rooms 149 & 151 and associated support spaces to meet current curricular needs
  • Combine cafeterias ‘A’ and ‘B’ by expanding cafeteria 'B' into adjacent music rooms
  • Construct a new music addition
  • Renovate existing cafeteria 'A' space for break-out, conference, and group learning areas
  • Integrate existing computer labs 107A and 107B into media center and remodel the existing space to create an open collaboration media commons area
  • Provide better access to the engineering tech computer lab by creating a corridor space
  • Renovate existing FACS room 124
  • Repurpose existing room 146 for weights & fitness to re-capture the existing stage
  • Recapture 2nd floor spaces when 4th & 5th grades are relocated back to St. Francis Elementary School
  • Reorganize special education spaces within the existing building
  • Address physical deferred maintenance and infra-structure needs throughout the building including mechanical, electrical, and building envelope improvements
  • Replace outdated interior finishes including demountable partition wall systems

  • St. Francis Elementary School:

  • Construct a (10) classroom addition in the Northeast corner of the building to create enough space for 4th and 5th grade students to move back from the Middle School to SFES
  • Reorganize existing space for intervention and additional special education use
  • Create an exploratory lab space within the existing “main street” portion of the building
  • Renovate existing media center space to create a 4th & 5th grade core area
  • Address physical deferred maintenance and infra-structure needs including mechanical, electrical, and building envelope improvements
  • Reorganize and modify main office to develop a secure entry
  • Reorganize special education spaces within the existing building
  • Replace outdated interior finishes within the building

  • East Bethel Community School:

  • Rework main office to better meet needs and to create a secure entrance
  • Construct a (4) classroom addition to eliminate portables
  • Reorganize north wing for center-based special education programming
  • Relocate the Kids Connection space
  • Create additional staff and student restrooms
  • Reconfigure the existing media center to create break-out and collaboration space
  • Address physical deferred maintenance and infra-structure needs including mechanical, electrical, and building envelope improvements
  • Replace outdated interior finishes within the building

  • Cedar Creek Community School:

  • Rework main office to better meet needs and to create a secure entrance
  • Renovate existing room 128 for use as an exploratory lab space
  • Reconfigure the existing media center to create break-out and collaboration space
  • Address physical deferred maintenance and infrastructure needs including mechanical, electrical, and building envelope improvements
  • Replace outdated interior finishes within the building

  • Crossroads School & Vocational Center:

  • Create a new dedicated secure entry for Saints Academy
  • Rework the existing office area for joint use by both Crossroad and Saints Academy
  • Create a dedicated student isolation area at the Crossroads main entry
  • Replace minor interior finishes within the facility

  • Lifelong Learning Center:

  • Rework main office to better meet needs and to create a secure entrance
  • Renovate existing room 101 for nurse and staff resource space
  • Renovate rooms 119 & 124 for staff and meeting/conference space
  • Rework the existing kitchen space for storage & kitchenette
  • Create dedicated family restrooms by expanding current students bathrooms located in rooms 101 and 102
  • Address physical deferred maintenance and infrastructure needs including mechanical, electrical, and building envelope improvements
  • Replace outdated interior finishes within the building

  • Districtwide / Other:

  • Construct a small addition to the maintenance building for additional storage and work area
  • Provide additional directional and site signage at all buildings
  • ADA and accessibility improvements at the stadium and activity fields
  • Provide a districtwide allowance for updating and replacement of furniture and other equipment within the district to improve flexibility and to enable easy reconfiguration
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