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Facilities Process Timeline

District 191 is committed to engaging our community in meaningful ways so that we can make the best decision for the One91 community and so that our schools and programs will come out stronger and better able to serve our students. 

District 191 has hired a neutral, third-party consultant with expertise in school facilities changes to manage the process and eventually bring recommendations to the Board of Education. 

The Design Team – which first met on Sept. 23 – will help the district plan public input opportunities to ensure community members are heard. Then, the district will host several public input opportunities, which will ask community members to identify what criteria should be used to decide which schools should be closed. A recommendation based on those criteria will be brought to the Board of Education in November, with a decision expected in December. 

Detailed Timeline

Stakeholder Voice and Options: September - October 

  • Sept. 17 - Consultant Presentation / Meeting with Admin. Team
  • Sept. 23 - First Meeting of Design Team
  • September & October - Meetings with Staff
  • Oct. 2, 6 p.m. - Eagle Ridge Focus Group
  • Oct. 7, 6 p.m. - Metcalf Focus Group
  • Oct. 9, 6 p.m. - Nicollet Focus Group 
  • Oct. 14, 6 p.m. - Focus group facilitated in Spanish
  • Oct. 15, 6 p.m. - Focus group facilitated in Somali
  • Week of Oct. 21 - Examination of Data/Strategy Planning
  • Oct. 28 - Second Meeting of Design Team or Admin. team
  • Week of Oct. 28 - Consultant and Administration Review and Verify School Closing Criteria

Choice Making: November - December

  • Nov. 4 - Preparation of Board Recommendations
  • Nov. 11 - Third Meeting of Design Team or Admin team (if needed)
  • Nov. 14 - Present Identified Recommendations to School Board
  • Dec. 4 - Public Hearing per MN statute 123B.51 Subd 5
  • Dec. 12 - Board Action on Proposal

Why Close Schools?

This work is essential for putting us in the best situation to serve our students, families and community.

The facilities study noted that having underutilized schools has negative consequences both in terms of finances and academic programming for students. For instance:

  • Because some schools have only two sections - meaning two 1st grade classes, two kindergarten classes, etc. - it’s difficult to have consistent class sizes, and some end up being larger than we would like. By consolidating elementary schools, we’ll be able to be more consistent in class sizes across the district.

  • At the middle school level, having two larger middle schools will make it easier to offer a more robust middle school model that lets teachers work more as teams to meet students’ needs. 

Attendance Boundaries

As part of the Facilities Realignment process and with the potential for closing two elementary schools and one middle school, District 191 will need to alter its current attendance boundaries.
 
Attendance boundaries define which students attend each school. Despite significant changes in District 191’s population and enrollment, the district hasn’t changed its attendance boundaries since Harriet Bishop Elementary School and Eagle Ridge Middle School opened in 1996.