The District will be building a new elementary school, reconstructing two existing elementary schools, and building a new middle school. To aide in these large projects, a Construction Manager as Agent (CMA) was hired by the school board on October 15, 2019. Knutson Construction, our CMA, will oversee the four school building projects and support the District in selecting an architectural and engineering firm to design the four projects. The CMA will also provide direct daily supervision through all phases of the construction projects and is responsible for monitoring the budget, schedule, and project costs.
Now the next step is to select the architectural and engineering firm(s). The District issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to eleven firms on Wednesday, November 6. The District will bring forward a recommendation(s) to the School Board on Tuesday, December 10. The design process of the buildings will take approximately 12 months, or until roughly December 2020 or January 2021 before construction or groundbreaking occurs.
NW Elementary: This is land the District owns with the City of Rochester. Once the architect and design firm is hired, we will share an update on the next steps.
Longfellow Elementary: The District is currently working with the City Parks and Recreation Department on a "land swap." This would mean that the District would build a new Longfellow Elementary School on parkland adjacent to the current Longfellow building. Once construction is complete, the students would begin attending school at the new building and the City would acquire the former Longfellow building. The District’s Letter of Intent for the Longfellow project will be discussed at the December 3, 2019 Rochester Parks and Recreation Department’s Board meeting.
Bishop Elementary: Once the architectural and design firm is hired, we will share an update of the next steps.
The District has a purchase agreement in place in SW Rochester near Hart Farms for the middle school property. This purchase agreement is contingent on the annexation of the property into the City, and costs associated with utilities (water/sewer) and infrastructure (streets/sidewalks). District and City staff continue to meet regularly. The District's goal is to seek approval on the SW property from the City Council in the near future.
The District will adjust boundaries beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. The 2022-2023 school year is the year that the buildings would be open for our students.
The District's goal is to provide a recommendation on boundary changes to the school board in September 2021, which would be one year in advance of the boundary changes taking effect in September 2022. Boundary decisions have not been made at this time. The Facilities Task Force proposed boundaries earlier in the referendum process (late Fall 2018) as a concept. These are not final boundaries. There will be opportunities for community input regarding boundaries, once we get to that point.
The current recommendation by the Facilities Task Force is to move the Montessori program from Franklin Elementary to Hoover Elementary School. This would address a portion of the overcrowding issues in Southeast Rochester. This would mean that the Hoover Elementary Building would then be used for a Montessori program, as well as the Early Learning School. This would also mean that Churchill Elementary, which is currently a kindergarten through second-grade school, would become a K-5 walk-only, neighborhood school.
All four middle schools (Willow Creek, Kellogg, John Adams, and the new middle school) would be neighborhood schools. Conversations will continue regarding the placement of students who qualify for Highly Gifted Services and repurposing the Friedell building for other District programs.
The District has a purchase agreement in place in SW Rochester near Hart Farms for the middle school property, plus additional acreage for a potential future school. In total, the District has 150 acres in a contingency purchase agreement. There are several steps that must occur in order for the District to officially purchase this land. The District will continue to work through the steps over the next two months, with the anticipation that we will have a purchase agreement approved by the board in January or February 2020.
The District has fourteen buildings that do not currently have secure entrances, and 25 buildings without Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) alarm systems. We plan to hire a Construction Manager as Agent (CMA) to oversee this essential project. Just as the CMA is assisting with the buildings of schools, the CMA will support the District with the selection of an architectural and engineering firm, and provide direct daily supervision through all phases of the construction projects and is responsible for monitoring the budget, schedule, and project costs.
After a CMA is selected, the next step is to write a Request for Proposal (RFP) to receive fair, competitive bids on this project. We will communicate this timeline once it has been established.
The second question of the referendum was to repair the Mayo High School swimming pool, build a new swimming pool at Century High School, and to close the three middle school pools to repurpose the space for other school and District needs. The District will approach this in phases.
First, the District will hire a Construction Manager as Agent (CMA) to oversee this project. The CMA will assist with hiring one designer and architect to close all three middle school pools, as well as build/repair the two high school pools. The District will also have conversations with the middle school physical education teachers to determine whether the 2-week water safety courses will continue for middle school students. These courses can continue at the students' respective high schools. There will be more discussion on this topic. Additionally, the District will have conversations with middle school building teams regarding the repurposing of the middle school spaces. We have identified District needs, such as a gymnastics gymnasium, but none of those decisions have been made at this time. The District will engage with our staff and students on this topic in the future.