building a better future logoAt the Jan. 14 work session, board members heard reports from groups that studied four areas included in Building a Better Future, the district’s comprehensive facilities planning process: enrollment and capacity management; K-12 next generation learning spaces; safety and security; and athletics facilities. Each group made recommendations that will require further consideration by a district-level Oversight Task Force. Some recommendations may be considered for short-term implementation, others for long-term implementation, and others may be removed from any further consideration.

Continued study

  • The study groups’ recommendations will go to the Oversight Task Force for further analysis re feasibility, potential timeline, and possible funding sources.
  • Later this spring, the Oversight Task Force will forward its recommendation to the superintendent.
  • After further consideration of the task force’s recommendation, the superintendent will share his final recommendation with the school board.

Study group recommendations (briefly summarized; read complete reports or watch the work session for full details)

Enrollment and capacity management

  • Elementary
    • Build an addition onto Rice Lake Elementary OR build a new elementary school where the district owns property in NW Maple Grove.
  • Secondary
    • Increase cafeteria space at all three comprehensive high schools
    • Build an addition onto Maple Grove Senior High to address student capacity
    • Increase media center space at Park Center Senior High

Next generation learning spaces

  • Elementary (gr. K-5)
    • Renovate/redesign spaces to support next generation learning
    • Purchase flexible furniture and upgrade technology
    • Provide professional development to teachers
    • Assess current reality to identify gaps, propose specific improvements
  • Secondary (gr. 6-12)
    • Renovate/redesign spaces to support next generation learning, including creating collaborative spaces and ways to display learning
    • Renovate or add space to support career and technical education (high schools)
    • Purchase flexible furniture and upgrade technology
    • Create a learning culture focused on next generation learning
    • Assess current reality to identify gaps, propose specific improvements

Safety and security

  • Improve main entrance and perimeter security
  • Improve and expand the security camera system
  • Improve day-to-day and crisis mass communications systems

Athletics facilities

  • At all three comprehensive high schools: more storage, more weight room space, turf field replacement, football stadium scoreboard replacement. Each school has at least one other scoreboard that needs updating or replacement.
  • Add a wrestling mat hoist at Park Center
  • Add tennis courts at Osseo and Maple Grove senior highs
  • Examine baseball and softball infields for drainage capability
  • Create tiered approach for other projects recommended in an independent athletics facilities audit

What’s next?
The above study group recommendations will now receive further consideration from a district-level Oversight Task Force. After further examination, the task force will draft an eventual recommendation to the superintendent, who will make his own recommendation to the school board later this spring.

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Beginning in January 2020 and continuing through the calendar year, Osseo Area Schools will create a new strategic plan to guide future district and school-level work.

The school board in fall of 2019 selected consulting firm TeamWorks International to facilitate the development of the strategic plan based on the group’s “Classroom to Boardroom Strategic Planning Process,” its commitment and depth of experience in stakeholder engagement, and its expertise in helping leaders and organizations prepare for and implement change.

Here’s how the process will unfold over the next year:

January-February 2020

  • Focus groups of students, staff and families will provide input regarding their desired future experiences in Osseo Area Schools.

March-May 2020

  • Development of draft document that describes the desired daily experiences for students, families, and staff.
  • Draft document will be shared widely (and in multiple languages) to solicit community feedback.

May-June 2020

  • Development of draft mission, vision, values and strategic directions.

Late summer/early fall 2020

  • Community feedback on draft mission, vision, values and strategic directions.

Fall 2020

  • Board adoption of new strategic plan

In addition to the steps above, TeamWorks will work over the next year with the school board and/or district and school leaders on change readiness, partnership leadership, identification of key formative events in the district’s history, an environmental scan, management/governance roles, development of a district classroom theory of action and a three-year operational plan for staff to support the new strategic plan, school and department improvement plans, and a three-year school board work agenda to support the new strategic plan.