The Grade Configuration Steering Committee met on November 18, 2015 and each of the project team leaders shared a status update. The steering committee provided input on the elective course sequence for middle level students and gave input on middle school out-of-school- time programming.

The December 15, 2015 school board work session topic will be the new grade span implementation. Project team leaders will provide detailed information in three areas: high school programming, middle level design, and out-of-school time programming.

High School Facilities Construction

As of November 13, most of the punch list items on all three high school construction projects have been completed. The mechanical items remaining include on-site training for new systems and controls and functional testing of heating systems and controls. Construction meetings continue to be held weekly at each of the high schools. At all three high schools, the Health/Safety coordinator is collecting feedback from site administration and police liaison officers to establish a new plan for video surveillance throughout each building. The hand rails that were delayed because we needed to have them refabricated will be installed at all three high schools by December 4.

  • At Maple Grove Senior High, the west gymnasium is complete. The OMGBA girls basketball tournament was held in the new gym space and participants reported that it worked well. The existing scoreboard will be replaced because the current unit is obsolete and the cost falls within the budget. The accent panels for the outside of the gym extension arrived in mid-November for installation.
  • At Osseo Senior High, all punch list items will be completed by December 4th. The roadway at the back of the building has been completed and the landscaping restoration in this area will be complete by the end of November.
  • At Park Center Senior High, a few architectural items remain to be completed. The kitchen project is now complete and all punch list items have been resolved.

Middle School Design

This fall, the middle school design team has focused on exploring adjustments needed to the exploratory/elective courses for next school year and beyond. Because current 6th and 7th grade students are new to middle school, they are enrolled in the same set of exploratory (elective) courses for this year only, and a new progression of electives needs to be created for next year and beyond. This progression of electives will need to be determined prior to winter break so that the information can be communicated to students and families. The team is conducting a survey of all middle school families in time for next year’s course registration. The team is conducting a survey of all middle school families to solicit parent perspectives related to middle school offerings.

High School Programming

The high school programming team met in November. The discussion focused on expanding opportunities for students to earn college credit through technology, including on-line courses, blended courses, and distance learning with higher education partners.

Out-of-School Time 

The Out-of-School Time project team has completed a timeline and communication plan. The team leader gathered input from middle school and elementary principals and did an observation of all current ISD 279 programs. The community engagement coordinators completed a gap analysis and program evaluation. The work outlined for December includes benchmarking with other district’s Out-of-School Time programs, reviewing previous survey data on programming and determining the need for future input, and recommending areas for growth.

Human Resources 

A labor management committee met to evaluate the teacher transfer process recommended no changes to the current teacher transfer process. The process for specials positions (elementary physical education and music, special education and elementary gifted education and counselors) will be clearly defined and included in the process. This project team will be closed out this month as no further work remains.


The logistics project team completed the evaluation and close out process. The Site Logistics Contact meetings and communication were effective. It is recommended that a similar process be used for future large projects.


All technology work order tickets associated with the grade span change are now resolved. The technology project team closed out its work in November and will complete the evaluation process in December.

--Posted November 30, 2015