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ISD 728 Construction and Facility Project Update: May 2020

Building maintenance and construction projects in school districts are funded differently than staff and/or general operational expenses. In fact, operational expenses such as those related to staffing, purchasing, and/or curriculum cannot be paid for with funds designated for building and/or maintenance, according to Minnesota law. 

In school districts, maintenance and construction projects are typically funded one of three ways: 

  1. Referendums: Bonds and Levy (i.e. new construction, major renovations, etc.)

  2. Long Term Facility Maintenance (i.e. maintenance, accessibility, health and safety, etc.)

  3. Capital (i.e. repairs, maintenance, equipment, etc.)

Construction and maintenance projects were and are determined in accordance with the District’s Strategic Plan, and based on feedback from community members, and promises made through the 2019 referendum campaign. The District remains committed to ensuring students have equitable, as defined by State and District Standards, high-quality extra-curricular programs and facilities throughout the District.  

Since the passage of the referendum in November of 2019, the projects highlighted below have been approved and are in process. These projects will be funded through ways identified above and in accordance with state statute.  As a reminder, all referendum projects will be completed within five years of receiving the funds, with additional commitments related to referendum occurring within 10 years.  

As communicated over the last two years and as part of the referendum request, projects at each site and in each region (Central, North, South) are meant to bring District facilities up to a minimum standard as defined by the State and District.  For example, all traditional high schools are expected to have ADA compliant bleachers, a multi-purpose field, bathrooms with running water, etc.  Written differently, at the end of project completion, all ISD 728 students will have access to facilities that meet the minimum, core standards.  

For more information, please visit the District Website at: www.isd728.org/728Strong.

 

2020-2021 Projects Currently in Progress  

Central Region
(Elk River)

Northern Region
(Zimmerman)

Southern Region
(Otsego & Rogers)

Multipurpose Field at Elk River High School.

Multipurpose Field at Zimmerman MS/ High School. 

Multipurpose Field at Rogers High School.

Updated Athletic/Activity Spaces to meet State and District standards related to a track, concession area, restrooms, bleachers and locker areas at Elk River High School. 

Updated Athletic/Activity Spaces to meet State and District standards related to a track, concession area, restrooms, bleachers and locker areas at Zimmerman MS/ High School.

Updated Athletic/Activity Spaces to meet State and District standards related to a track, concession area, restrooms, bleachers and locker areas at the Rogers High School. 

Parking Lot Replacement at Elk River High School.

Weight Room:  Same square footage as the ERHS Weightroom.

Weight Room:  Same square footage as the ERHS Weightroom.

Hockey locker room to be utilized by Zimmerman and Elk River High School hockey players. Built to be equivalent to locker rooms utilized by Rogers High School hockey players. 

Security Upgrades at Westwood Elementary.

Additional Gym Space at Rogers High School to meet State and District Standard.

Handke Center Gymnasium Renovation. 

Roofing at Zimmerman Elementary.

Security Upgrades at Hassan Elementary.

Flooring Project at Elk River High School.

Interior and Mechanical Upgrades at Zimmerman Elementary.

Boiler Replacement  at Otsego Elementary.

Interior Lighting Project at Elk River High School.

Mechanical Upgrades at Zimmerman MS/HS.

Tennis courts at Rogers High School.

Miscellaneous Interior Upgrades throughout the Region.

Miscellaneous Interior Upgrades throughout the Region.

Miscellaneous Interior Upgrades throughout the Region.