Community Member Testimonials
Bruce Richardson, School Board Member
We have reached the point where we need to make a major investment in our buildings to make them green and ready for next century learning. The High School, Middle School and all of the elementary schools will benefit with increased space and furniture. When our newest school community members attend their first classes in Early Childhood and Family Education, they will walk into a redesigned building that is right-sized for them and community friendly. Healthy meals will be served to all students. Security and technology will be enhanced. Math, science and the arts will all benefit.
Julie Zimmerman Berg,, Parent & Learning Design Team Member
This referendum is not about “Keeping Up with The Jones’,” but it is necessary that we invest in our buildings for the future generations. Our students need the right spaces for their learning. Central Community Center and Park Spanish Immersion needs constant upkeep and maintenance, the cafeteria at the Middle School is bursting at the seams, there is not a rehearsal or performance space at the Middle School for the very large and growing performing arts program, nor is there adequate space for science labs. As a lifelong St. Louis Park resident, I believe with all my heart that it is time to invest in the future.
Steve Anderson, Community Member & Learning Design Team Member
Many of our schools were built more than 50 years ago. While they have been excellently maintained, nothing lasts forever. In particular, the Central building that houses our preschool programs and Spanish Immersion School needs particular attention. Please join us in making our schools a place where we are proud to have our children learning. One of the great benefits of living in St. Louis Park is the feeling of community. You know that we will work together to make our community better. We know that we care about our kids.
C. Colin Cox, Parent & Learning Design Team Member
An entire community benefits from having great schools. Because of the thoughtful process that occurred, I believe this is a solid plan for St. Louis Park Public Schools. Right now, I see dated facilities with spaces that don’t meet modern needs and I see students missing out on the right experiences because it’s just not possible with what we have. When I think about what my fourth grader might get to experience in just a few more years, I am excited. I am confident the Learning Design Team and the School District have found the right plan for our facilities.