HOW DID THE DISTRICT DECIDE IF THEY SHOULD RENOVATE THE EXISTING FACILITIES OR BUILD A NEW SCHOOL?
ICS conducted assessments of the quality of our school buildings, comparing these buildings to standards established by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Background can be found as part of the Review and Comment materials on frazeevergasforward.com. The District has also obtained feedback from community members and staff through meetings and then examined options for a plan to address our needs.
MDE provides guidelines to aide in deciding if constructing a new building would be better than investing in existing buildings. The MDE guidelines require us to look at both what is best educationally for students and economically for taxpayers. One guideline recommends if cost of renovation approaches 60% of building new, then a new building should be considered. Based on the current proposed plan, the cost of renovation is approximately 32% of building new, and we can meet our educational goals through renovation. Based on that analysis, renovation is the best solution.
The other factor to consider is disruption to students during construction. The current renovation plan will have minimal disruptions to students during construction. If a new building was constructed, students would be displaced at minimum of 2 school years. If we can avoid this kind of disruption, we should.