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Facilities Improvements

School Board Members unanimously approved two ballot questions for the bond referendum and capital project levy at the April 12, School Board Meeting. Question one asks voters to renew and expand by $500,000 the Capital Project Levy for Technology and Question two seeks approval for a $136 million bond referendum. If both questions are approved, the owner of a St. Louis Park home valued at $331,800 (the median home value) would pay an additional $18.92 monthly or $227 annually in taxes.

The capital project levy for technology funds the operational needs of technology districtwide - staff, devices, infrastructure maintenance, etc. Absent this levy, these costs would come from the general fund. The current capital project levy for technology was renewed in 2013 for 10 years and will continue through the fall of 2022 levy. District Administration is recommending a renewal at ten years with an increase in tax rates that would approximate a $500,000 increase in the levy to cover growing costs and needs related to student and staff technology.

The $136 million bond referendum will focus on items that enhance the daily lived experience of students, stabilize costs and conserve energy, maintain core operations, and improve safety and security. The bond referendum includes projects that received voter approval in 2017, and were unable to be completed due to pandemic related construction cost increases, supply chain shortages, and regulatory requirements that added millions of dollars to project costs. These projects were important in 2017 and they remain vital to our student experience.

CLICK HERE to view a detailed presentation about the bond referendum projects and the capital project levy for technology.

COMING SOON will be detailed information about the referendum projects, an interactive tax calculator, and opportunities for stakeholders to engage in conversation about the referendum.

Early voting for the referendum begins June 24 and the special election will take place during the August 9 primary election.

 

 

In November 2017, St. Louis Park voters overwhelmingly approved a $100.9 million bond referendum to help St. Louis Park Public Schools address increasing enrollment, aging facilities and a need for flexible learning spaces to accommodate next century learning. The facility improvements touched all age groups from our youngest learners at the Central Early Learning Center to our oldest learners at St. Louis Park High School. Here is a summary by building of the improvements that have been made. 

 

Aquila, Peter Hobart and Susan Lindgren Elementary Schools

  • New secure front entries and updates to front offices
  • Renovated classrooms to accommodate next-century learning
  • Renovated media centers
  • Renovated kitchens

Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School

  • Moved from location at Central Community Center to a renovated building on Cedar Lake Road formerly known as Cedar Manor
  • New secure front entry
  • Renovated classrooms to accommodate next-century learning
  • Renovated media center
  • Renovated kitchen and cafeteria
  • New flexible gathering spaces

St. Louis Park Middle School

  • New secure front entry
  • New front office space
  • New performing arts space
  • Renovated media center
  • Renovated kitchen and cafeteria
  • New second floor academic classroom wing with connecting hallway
  • New fitness center and weight room

St. Louis Park High School

  • New secure entry and front office space
  • Renovated student services office space
  • Renovated athletic and physical education locker rooms
  • New fitness center and weight room
  • Renovated athletic office space
  • Updates and renovations to main gymnasium and auditorium

Central Early Learning Center

  • Renovated west side of Central Community Center to accommodate our youngest learners

A hallway at the new Central Early Learning Center. 

The new High School fitness center. 

The new Middle School Performing Arts Center. 

A short video of the new High School weight room. 

A new flexible learning and gathering space at Park Spanish Immersion Elementary School. 

The new front entry at the Middle School.