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1. Objective: create a long-term financial and facility plan

2. School Board made budget cuts: For the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years, the school board made $450,000 in budget cuts.

3. Strategic Planning Committee: During winter 2015, a planning committee made up of community members identified a number of “Bold Steps."

4. Long-term facilities plan: One of the plan’s priorities is to create a long-term facilities plan that addresses student needs for the foreseeable future.

5. Facilities Task Force: A facilities task force was formed with parent and community member involvement

  • March 30: Held staff listening session

  • April-July: Held 6 community listening sessions

6. Task Force Outcomes:

  • Operating budget is a concern: increase operating levy

  • Facilities are in need of upgrades:

    • Priorities – 21st century educational needs

    • Immediate needs - Maintenance

7. The Plan: Plan evolved after considering many options

  • Flows, adjacencies, efficiencies, cost components were all taken into careful consideration

  • The committee reviewed a dozen plans (A-M) before the best plan (M) was created

8. Unanimous Vote: The school board voted unanimously to seek voter approval of three referendum questions to meet the needs identified by the facilities task force


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205 Union Street NE, Chatfield, MN 55923-1099. (507) 867-3240 

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