St. Francis Area Schools eNews

Independent School District 15

August 2018 Update               

Building Our Future Together


Summer is well underway and progress is continuing on bond referendum projects in St. Francis Area Schools. The bond oversight committee (BOC) continues to meet over the summer months to review design development documents for East Bethel Elementary School, St. Francis Elementary School, St. Francis High School and St. Francis Middle School, along with looking at overall budget summaries. The design documents will be presented to the school board in August. The district standards team met in July to take a first look at product samples and color options for each of the buildings. The goal of the interior design is to be recognizable and consistent, so when entering the building one will know they are in a St. Francis Area Schools building.

 Progress on the high school bleacher replacement of new home side bleachers and modification to visitor side bleachers to incorporate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) modifications is well underway. ADA paths at the soccer fields will be completed during the high school remodel. You also may have realized that the portables have not been removed yet. The removal of portables will be done as part of the remodel of the buildings. In August more noticeable progress will be taking place, with the goal of completion by the first home football game in September. Design is also underway to incorporate an ADA accessible pathway from the ticketing booth to the home and visitor sides of the bleachers.


Other progress that is visible are the Long Term Maintenance Facility Revenue (LTMFR) projects, which are not part of the November 2017 bond referendum. The track resurfacing project at St. Francis High School will turn the corner from demolition to construction of new surfacing through the month of August. St. Francis Middle School tennis courts have the first layer of pavement applied and will continue with fencing installation. New surface on the courts can only be applied once the pavement layer has had time to cure. Planned completion of the tennis courts is the end of August. Look for before and after pictures on our district website.


The passing of the $80 million 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. St. Francis Area Schools is grateful for the support of our district residents. We look forward to providing continued progress as we build our future together.


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