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One91 Facilities Realignment

Facilities Realignment

District 191 has changed over the past 15 years, but our facilities have stayed mostly the same. While reconfiguring grade levels and adding pre-kindergarten classes to elementary schools has made use of the space at district schools, a comprehensive facilities study completed in June 2019 found that six elementary schools and two middle schools are under-utilized in terms of square feet-per-student. The study recommended several actions, including closing two elementary schools and one middle school.

In response, the district is conducting a Facilities Realignment process that will lead to a recommendation of which schools should be closed and whether any other changes to the district’s facility use should be implemented.

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. 

Process

The district 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 include school principals and parent representatives. It 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.

Submit Your Input Online

For those who are unable to attend a focus group in person, an online form is available to submit feedback. 

Integrated Action Plan

District 191 is taking a comprehensive approach to address our needs so that we can deliver on our mission for students. Realigning our facilities is just one component of an overall approach to securing the district's future.

Learn more about our Integrated Action Plan.

Recent Facilities Process Posts

Facilities Realignment Update from Superintendent Battle

Oct11th

Dr. Battle October 2019 from ISD 191 on Vimeo. Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle shares some highlights from the first month of the 2019-20 school year with One91 families, and...

As district looks at closing schools, Design Team will help ensure public engagement

Sep24th

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 kicked off its work to realign its facilities to current needs by creating a Design Team made of school principals and parent stakeholders, as...

Process for making facility decisions will include community engagement

Aug9th

In response to a facility report that recommended closing schools and making other changes to facilities, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education endorsed a plan...

Board receives facilities report, recommendations

Jul12th

A comprehensive review of Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 facilities, programs, enrollment and finances resulted in several recommendations, including the recommendation to...