Long-Term Facilities Study Looks at Community Needs

Our School Board Facilities Committee has continued to study options identified last year for a bond referendum that was scheduled for May 2020, but not held due to COVID. As we have reported in the past, the long-term facilities planning process is revisiting needs addressed in 2013, before the Primary School was built. Extensive renovations are needed at Princeton High School, where the original core of the building has not been updated since 1986. The School Board is reviewing the extent of the renovations needed along with the timing for a future referendum. 

At a joint meeting of the School Board and the Princeton City Council last week, officials also discussed a possible partnership with the city for a Community Center, which could be constructed adjacent to the high school. School and community leaders recently toured a similar facility in Chisago Lakes, which includes an indoor walking area, meeting rooms that can be utilized during the school day as well as evenings, and gym space for activities like pickleball, badminton, and similar sports.

In the coming months, the School Board will need to decide when to hold a referendum for high school improvements. The referendum as outlined last May would include enlarging classroom spaces, updating heating and air-handling systems; improving mechanical systems; modernizing Career-Technical classrooms; expanding the high school and intermediate school cafeterias, remodeling the high school media center, addressing deferred maintenance areas, and improving athletic facilities. If a partnership with the City to build a Community Center makes sense, there could be an advantage to doing both projects at the same time. 

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