Community Based Task Force on Facilities

In the fall of 2014, the Windom School Board conducted facility assessments on the Highland, Winfair and Middle High School buildings to plan for future updating and maintenance.  These reports revealed an estimated cost of $10 million over the next ten years.  In the winter of 2015 the board conducted a census study to look at enrollment growth we are experiencing and what the future holds.  The ten year census shows the Windom School District will continue to grow.

With the above information the School Board convened a Facility Task Force of community members from a diverse background of farmers, business leaders, parents, grandparents and the city and county.  We presented all the above information along with educational trends we are seeing in poverty, English Language Learners, special education, class sizes, programming in fine arts, Career Technical Education, space and staffing needs and our security needs.  This committee recommended the board put further research into long-term solutions that go beyond just our facility assessment needs with actual costs associated.  See Facility Task Force Report 2015

To date the school board has advertised and held eight (8) public meetings through this process and held another eight (8) Facility Task Force meetings.  Our current work has a committee of thirteen (13) community members plus school board and administrators on the Community Based Task Force on Facilities.  These meetings are occurring in October and November of 2017 to forward solutions to the school board in December.  The school board has hired Kraus Anderson for Construction Management and ISG Architect/Engineering firm to guide the process towards solutions.  The school board has also contracted with School Perceptions to survey the community on the solution and tax impact prior to the school board approving a plan.

Agendas and documents of the current process can be found going into the folder below.