Hermantown School Board: Long–Range Facilities Plan

By KBJR News 1

April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 22, 2013 at 10:39 PM CDT

The Hermantown School Board heard recommendations from citizen advisory groups on how to best move forward with a Long–Range Facilities Plan.

The recommendations follow a community survey, dozens of meetings and hundreds of hours of study on the district's aging facilities.

Additional areas of study included finance, education and technology and communications and outreach.

Johnson Controls was hired to lead the process.

Findings indicated the schools do not meet many of the Minnesota Department of Education's adequacy guidelines.

A vote this fall would decide the outcome of any permanent upgrades to school facilities.

"Ask people who have gone to school hear. Ask people about the buckets in the hallways catching the dripping water. Ask them about the ventilation. Ask them about having to open the windows in the middle of the winter to allow fresh air in," Jim Crace, Hermantown Police Chief, said.

"We would need to have a referendum. That would be something that the public would need to vote on. And if that referendum were to pass, those monies would be used to fix the facilities, bring them up to MN Dept. of Education standards," Deanna Gronseth, a Hermantown School Board member, said.

The citizen advisory groups focused on Education and Technology, Facilities, Finance, and Communication/Outreach.

The board will take tonight's recommendations under advisement and determine next steps.

Justin Reis, NNC.