St. Francis Area Schools eNews

Independent School District 15

July 2018                

Building Our Future Together


As we head into the summer months, school is out, students and most of the staff have left the buildings and work on bond referendum projects continues. The design process with user groups set a goal of getting staff involvement completed prior to the end of the school year and worked diligently to do so. Once planning was completed in these groups, updated concept plans were distributed to all user group members before the school year ended.


Concept designs were presented to the school board on May 29 for St. Francis High School, St. Francis Middle School, St. Francis Elementary School and East Bethel Community School. Wold Architects partner Vaughn Dierks along with Chris Ziemer, project director for ICS Consulting, Inc., provided a packet of information from each location outlining renovations and additions, including a site map and floor plan. These designs are available on the district website at All St. Francis Area Schools are scheduled to be updated and design submittals will be coming in the future for the remainder of the schools.


Districtwide, schools will have one secure entry, interior spaces will maximize natural light and air quality will be improved.


Renovations are being designed so that all St. Francis Area Schools will feel modern, clean and updated.  Interior circulation and connectivity will be improved, utilizing signage and logos to help orient building occupants. A cohesive color scheme will be uniform across the district, displaying school pride and creating a sense of branding. Flex spaces throughout classroom areas will be versatile and common areas will be easily supervised.


The passing of the $80M bond referendum in November 2017 is funding the safety, security, accessibility and educational space needs across the school district. The timeline for completion of all projects is 2021. The first project to be completed is bleacher replacement at the high school stadium, which will be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.


Over the summer, plans will be developed from the schematic design phase to design development phase and then to construction documents phase. Upon completion of each phase, plans and estimates will be reviewed with the Bond Oversight Committee and school board.


Other progress you will be seeing over the summer is the Long Term Maintenance Facility Revenue projects, which are not funded by of the November 2017 bond referendum. The high school track resurfacing project started June 11, beginning with the removal of the old track surface. During construction this area will be off limits to unauthorized personnel. The middle school tennis court re-construction began June 18. Look for before and after pictures on our district website.


Thank you to St. Francis Area Schools residents and stakeholders for passing the bond referendum in November 2017. We hope you are excited to see the progress as we build our future together.


St. Francis Area Schools