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Frequently Asked Questions about the new Saint Peter High School and District Facilities Reconfiguration Project

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 When will the new high school open?

Does the school district have enough money to operate a new building or will it have to go back to taxpayers and ask for more money in the future?

Will the new high school be big enough to accommodate growth?

Does the bond package include building a new pool and football/track statdium?

Access to current high school events, such as sporting contests, can be a challenge sometimes. Would that issue be addressed with a new high school?

There are lots of positives with a new high school. Are there concrete numbers about what a new high school means for economic development?

Who conducted the facilities assessment of Saint Peter Public Schools that led to the School Board’s decision to hold a bond referendum to reconfigure existing buildings and construct a new high school?

Who are the architects involved in new high school and facilities project?

What sports will be at the new school (SPHS building)?

Where can I see a site plan that is readable?

Here is a list of other questions that have been submitted to the website along with the responses:

Website FAQs

Is there an open house scheduled? Yes, the Open House/Ribbon Cutting for the new SPHS is Saturday, Aug. 26, starting at 9 a.m. More details will be released on the Saint Peter Public Schools Facebook page as they become available.

Will there be new sports at the new high school? -- At this time there are no plans to add any new sports or other related activities (such as cheerleading or dance line) at the new SPHS. If there is enough expressed interest in starting a new activity, SPHS administration is always open to considering that possibility. Please contact SPHS Activities Director Steve Alger at 507-934-4212 for more information.

What is the address of the new school? -- The new address is 2121 West Broadway Avenue. Also, the new phone number is 507-934-4212.

What will happen to the old high school? (I graduated in 1971 and just recently discovered the new building program.) - The old high school is being repurposed as Saint Peter Middle School for students in grades 5-8. Also, part of the north wing is being converted into the Early Childhood Center for District 508.

 

 

When will the new high school open?

The new Saint Peter High School will open in Fall 2017. (Project Schedule)  
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Does the school district have enough money to operate a new building or will it have to go back to taxpayers and ask for more money in the future?

The Board of Education has committed to a budget line-item over the next three years to dedicate funds to the on-going operations of a new building. Our goal is to have the equivalent of one year of operational costs by the time the new school opens in the fall of 2017. We are confident that enrollment growth of 1.5 to 2 percent over the next 10 years will provide the additional revenue needed to effectively and efficiently operate all buildings. 
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Will the new high school be big enough to accommodate growth?

Yes. The new high school will be built for 850 students with a 1,000 student core. Core spaces include commons area, performing arts center, food service etc. The site plan identifies areas to expand classroom areas if needed due to enrollment growth beyond current projections. 
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Does the bond package include building a new pool and football/track stadium?

No. Cost estimates of a new pool range from $5 million to $7 million. This would result in a bond referendum well over $60 million. The bond referendum does include $1.2 million to renovate and upgrade the existing school-community pool located at Saint Peter Middle/High School. Upgrades include deepening the pool to allow for competitive diving to return, remodeling of the two swimming pool locker rooms, Installing a new water filtration system and cosmetic changes such as lighting and paint. A new football/track stadium is also not part of the bond referendum package. The current stadium was completely rebuilt after the 1998 tornado with new spectator seating, press box and concessions stands. The facility is in good shape! Space has been reserved at the site of the new high school for a future football/track stadium.
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Access to current high school events, such as sporting contests, can be a challenge sometimes.  Would that issue be addressed with a new high school?

 

A key feature of a new Saint Peter High School is its commitment to being a “community-centered” facility.  This means full community access, not only during school events such as games, performances and competitions, but throughout the calendar year and for various community-based occasions.  We see this vision becoming reality in the following ways:

A large, open-air commons area in the middle of the school that serves as a gathering space for families, friends, community groups and events.  Business expos, arts and crafts sales are just a couple ideas of what could occur in this space.


A workforce development center that not only houses the school’s academy-based curricular offerings (manufacturing, agri-science and engineering), but also provides adult education and training opportunities to the St. Peter community.  


Appropriate and proximate parking available for students, staff and guests to Saint Peter High School.  Parking lots will be located near entrances of high-use areas such as the performing arts center, athletic spaces and the central commons space.  


Cooperative efforts with the City of St. Peter has resulted in the development of a cohesive and comprehensive plan that addresses outside recreational facilities, parking, and a trail and park system located on the school-city property. 
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There are lots of positives with a new high school.  Are there concrete numbers about what a new high school means for economic development?

 

Significant research has been done across the country on the impact of quality school systems within local communities.  Studies on the economic impact to the greater community consistently find that:

Homes in high performing school districts have higher values than homes in lower performing districts.  


School quality has a direct and positive impact on residential property values.


Community-oriented high schools that offer adult and vocational training programs can enhance the local skilled labor force, help attract businesses, and transition new workers to the local area.  This is also true for schools offering programs and opportunities to children, families and the greater community.


Quality public schools are important factors when determining the quality of life in an area.  


New and well-maintained facilities boost student performance which, in turn, impacts residential property values in a positive manner.

 

In the short-term, the local economy is poised to benefit from construction activity associated with the building of a new high school and remodeling/refurbishment plans in all existing school district buildings.  

 

As the greater Mankato area continues to grow, Saint Peter Public Schools and the St. Peter community is well-positioned to be the educational and residential choice of new families entering the area.  Attracting new residents creates homebuilding activity and an expanded labor force, both benefitting the local economy. 
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Who conducted the facilities assessment of Saint Peter Public Schools that led to the School Board’s decision to hold a bond referendum to reconfigure existing buildings and construct a new high school?


The facilities assessment was conducted by a facilities task force that was organized in December 2012 to assess, define, and prioritize current and future facility needs.

 

That task force consisted of 25 community/parent representatives, three members of the Board of Education, four Saint Peter High School/Middle School representatives, one faculty representative from North Intermediate, one faculty representative from South Elementary, one Early Childhood program representative, four Saint Peter High School student representatives, and 12 resource members of the task force (administrators, Community Education and City of St. Peter).

 

Facilities Task Force Membership

Community/Parent/Student Representatives

Lee Alger**     Grant Annexstad     Rich Beran     Shari Brostrom     Cheryl Bushell
Tom Conlon     Brian Fell     Sally Geary     Taylor Graft     Stephan Grams
Todd Hanson     Chris Harmes     Ed Lee     Mike Niemeyer     Jessica O'Brien
Lee Pell     Charlie Potts      Logan Retzlaff      Ken Rossow     Megan Ruble*
Shawn Schloesser    Peter Seitzer     
Aaron Shoemaker     Mark Siebels     John Springer

Tracy Stuewe     Brian Vetter     Doug Wenner     Brett Zallek

[ * Task Force Chair      ** Task Force Vice-Chair ]

The community/parent representatives on the task force represented a broad cross-section of district residents including representatives from the areas of education (Gustavus), medicine/health care, agriculture, business, and other (i.e. social services, stay-at-home parent).

 

The Facilities Task Force held a series of meetings and work sessions over a five-month period (from January 14, 2013, and June 17, 2013) during which they examined, in great detail, the capacity and adequacy issues the school district will face both short-term (over the next 1-5 years) and long-term (over the next 6-25 years). They eventually identified facility options for both short-term needs and long-term needs and made recommendations in each of these areas to the school board with the primary goal of improving the learning environment for teaching and learning.

 

The task force made their recommendation, through a Facilities Master Plan, to the Saint Peter School Board in June 2013 and it was accepted. As a result of that recommendation, the district began consultation with Kraus-Anderson and Architects in the fall of 2013.

 

For more information please download the full Facilities Master Plan Report- Facilities Master Plan Report from Facilities Task Force - July 2013 
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Who are the architects involved in the proposed facilities bond project?

 

After a thorough review of proposals, the school board selected I+S Group (ISG), a regional engineering and architectural firm, as the architects for the proposed facilities project to reconfigure our current facilities and build a new high school.

 

ISG has articulated a vision for a 21st century high school that matches and is responsive to our district’s vision.

 

The school district has an established working relationship with members of ISG’s Architecture Group that include lead architect Brian Paulsen and project manager Greg Borchert.

 

Paulsen Architects/ISG has a significant presence in the St. Peter community, including:

St. Peter Community Center, rebuilt after the 1998 tornado

St. Peter Food Co-op

Creation Technologies

North Intermediate classroom addition in 2011

Single point of entry projects at both South Elementary and North Intermediate.

Bathroom renovations at Saint Peter Middle/High School

Other capital projects such parking lot improvements at South Elementary and North Intermediate

To learn more about ISG, please visit its website at www.is-grp.com
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What sports will be at the new school (SPHS building)?

Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, the varsity teams that will play their home games and meets at the new Saint Peter High School include: volleyball, girls and boys basketball, wrestling, and girls & boys tennis. All other Saints varsity sports will play home games and meets at their current locations. 

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Where can I see a site plan that is readable?

A larger site plan and facility schematic plans are available on our new high school project resource page on our website. 

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