News - Parent Update, Feb. 5, 2016
Update - Parent Update, Nov. 6, 2016
When students arrive for the 2016-17 school year, they will find changes throughout Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 thanks to voter approval of the two Vision One91 referendum questions on Feb. 24.
This page will provide ongoing and updated information about Vision One91 and the changes it will bring to Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.
The goal of Vision One91 is to redesign the district to meet the needs of today’s learners and ensure the district’s mission of “Each Student Real-World Ready.” Among changes will be realigning grades so elementary schools serve grades k-5, current junior highs transform to middle schools with grades 6-8, and Burnsville High School will have grades 9-12. Remodeling will take place at some schools, especially at Burnsville High School. At William Byrne Elementary, aging portable classrooms will be removed and replaced with an addition. Security improvements will also be made at schools.
New funding available starting with the 2016-17 school year will allow the district to significantly increase student access to technology, online resources, collaborative problem-solving experiences and different approaches to learning. Teachers will receive ongoing training and support to embed technology into everyday learning and individualize instruction. A more robust, reliable and secure infrastructure will support the expanded use of technology.
Updates to District 191 will go beyond new construction. The primary and most impactful changes will be in how teaching and learning changes.
- Design teams (of teachers and administrators) have been meeting since fall in four groups — early childhood, elementary, middle and high school — to research, explore and start to develop concepts of what schools will be like at each level when alignment takes place to K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
- They will continue to solidify, for example, what high school career pathways will be offered, what the middle school model will look like, how space will be used in elementary schools and how and when early childhood offerings will be expanded.
With voters' approval of $2.5 million per year for technology for the next 10 years, District 191 will be able to improve access to technology for students that allows for more personalized learning and expanded curriculum, provide ongoing training and support for teachers, and ensure districtwide infrastructure is safe, secure and reliable.
- Focus is on availability of technology to enhance teaching and learning on an everyday basis.
- The 2015-16 school year will be used to prepare for the expanded use of technology. Staff members will use the time to plan and prepare for 2016-17 school year and beyond.
- A technology advisory committee has been established and has begun meeting. Students, parents and community members are sought to serve on the committee along with teachers, principals and other employees. Those who are interested can contact Technology Director Doug Johnson at (952) 707-2065. The group will meet three or four times a year and serve in an advisory capacity and provide input into technology planning.
- The technology department is developing a three-year technology plan to submit in June 2015 to the Minnesota Department of Education for review.
The construction that will take place before the start of the 2016-17 school year will probably represent the most visible aspect of Vision One91. That construction will involve:
- Aggressive timeline to complete building bond projects and have facilities ready to welcome students for the 2016-17 school year.
- Sale of bonds at March and April board meetings, taking advantage of good interest rates.
- Work with architects (and BHS alumni) Mark Hayes and Eric Anderson of ATS&R (architectural firm) to finalize details.
- Construction will begin summer 2015 and continue all the way to August of 2016.