Long-term Facilities Planning

A message from the Superintendent

At Faribault Public Schools our mission is to empower, energize and engage all students through our commitment to a quality education and by creating an effective learning environment. One of the ways we support that mission is by maintaining high-quality facilities and technologies that meet the needs of our students. Safe, secure, up-to-date facilities support our wonderful staff and play an integral role in the success of our students.

A community task force met seven times from June to November to evaluate our school district’s facilities. Their findings revealed four main areas of need: Safety and security, educational alignment, early learning, and deferred maintenance. 

Safety and security involves adding security systems including cameras, updating our school entrances to require visitors to check into an office prior to accessing the rest of the building, and creating safer pick-up and drop-off zones.

Educational alignment refers to the way our school’s facilities affect how our students learn. Facilities should support new educational demands such as differentiation of instruction and career and college readiness programs, and meet a variety of learner needs.

Our early learning needs include creating additional space for the students we are currently unable to accommodate at McKinley Early Childhood Center, as well as facilities for staff and additional space for programs and family activities.

Our deferred maintenance needs include bringing buildings and systems up to code, improving building accessibility, and replacing outdated plumbing and ventilation systems.  You can view a more detailed breakdown of the task force's findings here (Findings and Need Statements) and our presentation featuring more details on the task force's proposed solutions by clicking the link on the left side of the page.

In October we heard from nearly 200 members of our community through an online ThoughtExchange (View Results). In January, we conducted a scientific survey of 400 residents of our district to learn more about how you feel about our schools and our facilities. You can view the results by clicking the link on the left.

We will continue to work closely with our staff and reach out to the community for its input as we formulate solutions to our facilities needs. 

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Todd Sesker
Superintendent Todd Sesker

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