A community vision for improved schools and successful tigers

community task force recommendation

Continuing our planning efforts from 2013, Princeton Public Schools staff, parents, and community members spent the last several years developing a long-term vision for developing in every learner the ability to succeed in an ever-changing world. 

Based on community input, research, and planning, the School Board is asking voters to consider two referendum questions on November 2.

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Question 1:

Improve classrooms for hands-on and collaborative learning.

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  • Expand and improve classrooms in the High School.
  • Improve and/or rebuild labs and Career Readiness spaces in the High School.
  • Improve Special Education areas in the Intermediate School and High School.
  • Expand spaces in the Intermediate School for art, music, STEM, and gym.
  • Renovate the High School Media Center.
  • Expand and improve the cafeteria and kitchen areas in the Intermediate School, High School, and Student Services Building.

Improve safety, air quality, foot traffic flow, and transportation congestion.

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  • Create a dedicated secured entrance and office space at the High School.
  • Improve hallways, stairways, and restrooms at the High School.
  • Improve various interior finishes at the Student Services Building.
  • Improve traffic flow for busing, pick-up/drop-off, and events at the High School. 
  • Replace and relocate the existing building systems at the High School.

Expand activity and athletic areas for students and community residents.

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  • Build an additional multi-purpose gymnasium at the High School. 
  • Redesign and renovate the existing multi-purpose gymnasium. 
  • Build a dedicated auxiliary gymnasium for gymnastics.
  • Improve the existing gymnasium at the Intermediate School. 
  • Expand and improve the High School weights room and cardio areas. 
  • Centralize locker rooms near their respective activity areas. 
  • Improve spectator access, toilets, concessions, and ticketing spaces at the High School. 
  • Install synthetic turf on the stadium and practice fields.

Q1: High School Plans

Architectural drawing of the High School Renovation areas

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Q1: Intermediate School Plans

Architectural Drawing of Intermediate School Renovation plans

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Q1: Student Services Building Plans

Architectural drawings of Student Services Renovation Plans

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Question 2

Contingent on question 1 being approved by voters

  • Build a shared Activities and Community Center attached to the High School for community-member use.

  • Provide multiple indoor courts for basketball, volleyball, tennis, and more.

  • Provide an all-season indoor walking track, community fitness areas, and community meeting rooms.

Activities and Community Center proposed uses and spaces

The proposed Activities and Community Center is in the conceptual stages of programming, and is contingent on the successful passage of question one. So, the plan for the new center won’t be fully developed until then. Should both questions pass, we will proceed to the design phase and engage the community for input on space and operational aspects. It’s expected there will be areas to use free of charge, or a nominal cost, and those that may require a membership to help offset ongoing operational costs. 

Expected design elements include: 

  • Two additional basketball court sized gyms. These could be striped to accommodate a wide array of activities - basketball, volleyball, pickleball, etc. This would allow the district to hold tournaments, camps, larger activities, as well as allow for community use during the school day as appropriate. 
  • A 200-meter indoor running track that could accommodate practices in inclement weather as is often the case in Minnesota
  • Elevated walking track available to the community
  • Two community rooms (connected) for meetings, parties, and other gatherings
  • A dedicated parking and entry

Other possible spaces include: 

  • Weights and/or cardio equipment for use after High School athletic hours
  • Community space for wellness programs to promote community partnerships with local wellness organizations and community services
  • Intergenerational programming for active adults, youth, and young children
  • Community Education offices
  • Concessions space
  • Commons area with access to athletic fields

 

Q2: High School & Community Center Plans

Architectural Drawings for Activities and Community Center at the High School

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The 2014 referendum focused on our youngest learners, and it’s now time to address the needs at our High School, Intermediate School, and Student Services Building to achieve the same high quality for our facilities and educational programming. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it crystal clear — our students are best served through in-person learning and in spaces designed for 21st-century learning. 

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What would a membership to the Activities Center look like?

Several other school districts similar in size to Princeton Public Schools have successfully completed an Activities and Community Center concept. The table below has a few examples of the facilities ours would resemble and includes their membership options.   Our School Board has not adopted any official policies on the membership cost or hours of operation. It will only do so after the successful passing of Question 2 of the November Tiger Strong Referendum. Upon passing, an information-gathering and design process will start to decide best how to utilize the facility and what membership options we would offer. We are committed to being at or below the membership levels of these similar facilities with equal or greater offerings to our residents.

Facility Name School District Resident Membership Non-Resident Membership Included with Membership Additional Info Website
Welia Health Wellness Center Mora Public Schools $25 / year N/A Walking track Fitness classes offered separately Welia Health Wellness Center
Wildcat Community Center Orono Public Schools $100 / year, student
$246 / year, adult

$200 / year, student
$346 / year, adult

Walking and running track, fitness and cardio equipment, pool, basketball courts, locker rooms 62+ walking track is free, other memberships available Wildcat Community Center
Rockford Community Center Rockford Public Schools

$240 / year, student
$384 / year, adult

N/A Walking and running track, fitness and cardio equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, locker rooms 62+ walking track is free, other memberships available Rockford Community Center
Princeton Public Schools Activities & Community Center Princeton Public Schools TBD TBD Options will include: fitness equipment cardio equipment community rooms, pool, sport courts (basketball, volleyball, tennis, etc.). Walking track will be free to all residents N/A

Existing facility use and rental fees will be extended to cover the Activities and Community Center as well along with memberships.

How does this plan impact students, staff, and community?

Students need room for hands-on, collaborative learning. We believe education works best when learners are able to apply what they learn in school to life and work situations. Our new Career Academies prepare students for future hands-on careers in a variety of fields. This plan provides expanded and improved spaces that expose our Tigers to a variety of different pathways and potential careers including:

  • Business, Management, and Administration Academy: for roles in accounting, payroll, marketing, etc. 

  • Information Systems, Communications, and Art Academy: for careers as painters, dancers, sculptors, actors, journalists, filmmakers, etc.

  • Engineering, Manufacturing, and Technology Academy: for careers in welding, plumbing, or manufacturing cars, airplanes, etc. 

  • Health Science Academy: for careers as physicians, dentists, nurses, etc. 

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Academy: for careers in working with food, plants, animals, fabrics, crops, etc. 

  • Human Services Academy: for careers as teachers, public safety/service, mental health professionals, etc.

This plan builds on our strong, established relationship with our community. Expanding activity spaces for community member use serves residents well now and into the future. 

This plan addresses needs identified by our 2013 Community Task Force. The 2014 referendum focused on our youngest learners, and it’s now time to address the needs at our High School, Intermediate School, and Student Services Building. Every school needs to provide high-quality facilities and educational programming for all students.

This plan improves the physical conditions of our schools. Investing now will maintain and upgrade our schools so we don’t have to replace them in the future. Also, reinvesting in our three oldest schools allows the district to allocate future Long-Term Facilities Maintenance funds for other future needs.

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Business, Management, and Administration Academy
For roles in accounting, payroll, marketing, etc. 

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Information Systems, Communications, and Art Academy
For careers as painters, dancers, sculptors, actors, journalists, filmmakers, etc.

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Engineering, Manufacturing, and Technology Academy
For careers in welding, plumbing, or manufacturing cars, airplanes, etc.

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Health Science Academy
For careers as physicians, dentists, nurses, etc. 

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Agriculture and Natural Resources Academy
For careers in working with food, plants, animals, fabrics, crops, etc.

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Human Services Academy
For careers as teachers, public safety/service, mental health professionals, etc.

What happens if the referendum is approved?

If the referendum passes, the district will begin the design process with a Core Planning Group for each building, led by the project architects. These groups will include teachers and faculty, administrators, students, and community members who will work collaboratively with the architects throughout the design process. Community input would be asked for and encouraged to ensure the designs of each building best represent those using our facilities — our community members.

The proposed timeline for the project is:

  • Project Design and Preparing Construction Documents: November 2021 - August 2022

  • Issue Project Construction Documents: Varies based on phased construction approaches

  • Construction Begins: September 2022

  • Construction Ends: Fall 2023 and Fall 2024 as phases of the project complete