Bond 2016

The results for the Sartell-St. Stephen bond referendum passed 2,281 Yes votes to 2,034 No votes (52.9% Yes and 47.1% No).

“We in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District wish to sincerely thank our entire community for supporting the bond referendum to provide more space for our students and community; enhanced safety, security and well-being, and flexible learning spaces for the next generation of learners,” shared Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert. 

“We are honored by the trust and continued support of our school district by a community that believes in strong schools focused on success for all children. We work hard to maintain your confidence in how we manage our financial resources, and to show results with your investment through providing excellence in education for all of our stakeholders. Thank you to all of the volunteers – parents, staff and community residents – who gave of their time and talents to get out the vote and build public awareness for the referendum,” stated Schwiebert.

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Our facilities are at or above capacity.  We need more space due to continued increases in enrollment projected over the next ten years.

  • Our district facilities are full with an anticipated growth of 8% over the next ten years with our current enrollment structures for grades K-12.
  • All day every day Kindergarten was supported by the state starting in the 14-15 school year requiring additional classroom space as Kindergarten students now attend a full day vs. the half day structure of the past.  (Also, we are paying close attention to the discussions of 4-year-old funding at the state level.)

  • As our population has grown, so have our extracurricular opportunities and needs.  We need additional space for practicing and performing for the arts, athletics and extracurricular activities.
  • We have well-maintained facilities that will continue to be utilized.  By building a new facility, we allow for more space at all of our district facilities.
  • Utilization of current facilities through maintenance updates and renovation provides the best value to our community by supporting quality learning spaces.
  • With the addition of space, additional levy funds will need to be secured to support the ongoing costs associated with a new facility.  The Board will continue to thoughtfully plan while being fiscally responsible.

Safety, security and well-being is of the utmost importance in supporting our students and community.

  • We are fortunate to live in a safe community where we all benefit from the care and concern that is shown for each other and our students.  The design of our entrances should further support the safety of our students and staff.
  • Our buildings were constructed and designed for a different time.  The district will create enhanced security features to provide safer entry areas at our facilities.
  • Dehumidification will be added to the elementary buildings because of the student health benefits that are supported through high quality indoor air. 
  • Traffic flow concerns will be further addressed at the current high school to separate routine traffic from bus traffic improving drop off and pick up areas.  The new grade configuration will ease the traffic/parking on 7th Street.

Providing more space for all learners will better support flexible learning spaces for the next generation of learners.

  • With our facilities being full, it creates barriers to effectively and efficiently support flexible and individualized learning opportunities.  The core of the issue is more classroom space is needed to better support for all types of learning.
  • We need to provide more tools and lab spaces to create enhanced opportunities to deliver STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programs.
  • More flexible, collaborative space and facilities are needed for our next generation of learners which allows for learning opportunities at all levels.