Facilities Task Force Findings

Safety & Security Findings

While all of the buildings have some level of front door security, visitors at all school buildings, with the exception of the middle school, are still expected to check in at the main office.

The current schools have gaps in emergency communication. Many areas of these buildings do not have camera coverage and some locations do not have access to emergency announcements.

McKinley and the elementary schools have issues with parking lot safety. Buses and parents pick-up areas share the same space with street traffic, leading to unsafe conditions for students.

Safety and Security Need Statements

  • Every facility in the school district needs to have a secure entrance to control and screen visitors.
  • All school buildings need updated and/or additional security technology for monitoring and surveillance to support student, staff and community safety.
  • Every facility in the district needs to have pick-up/drop-off procedures that are safe for students, staff and community members. Bus and parent drop-off traffic need to be separated.

Educational Alignment Findings

Enrollment in the district is projected to decline over the next five years.

Educational programming and the corresponding space needs have changed since the schools were built. Today’s schools have a multitude of new programs and educational objectives that are needed to prepare students for the 21st century. Some are mandated by the state and federal government, others are specific to the needs of Faribault’s students.

To meet the needs of all students, Faribault Public Schools’ facilities must align with the educational mission and vision of the district.

Educational Alignment Need Statements

  • New educational demands to prepare students for the future, such as differentiation of instruction, and both career and college readiness, are essential. The facilities should support these initiatives.
  • The elementary schools need appropriate spaces for...
  • Special Services
  • Reading and Math Intervention
  • Support Services
  • Social Worker
  • Mental Health
  • School Psychologist
  • Title Services
  • Behavior Support
  • Success Coach
  • EL Services
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy
  • Cultural and Community Liaisons
  • The District needs to plan for some reduced enrollment, while also taking into account any future changes in enrollment.

Early Learning Findings

McKinley Early Childhood Center is the oldest school building in the district. It has a number of deficiencies; code compliance, antiquated systems and spaces that were designed for a different time, are all issues that should be addressed.

Early childhood education has been identified as an important part of the district’s mission. It both helps serve the needs of young families in our community as well as prepare our earliest learners to be successful as they enter kindergarten.

The District currently has no space for additional early childhood programs. Increased funding for these important programs, at no cost to the parent, continues to be made available to FPS, but the district can’t apply for it due to the lack of space. The district must prepare itself to take advantage of this funding by making space to offer services to more students.

 

Many families are choosing other preschool options. Enrolling these students into McKinley Early Childhood programs before kindergarten will help retain them in Faribault Public Schools.

Early Learning Need Statements

  • The district needs to plan for additional space to meet the needs of families and plan for additional state and federal funding if it becomes available.
  • Appropriate restroom facilities for early learners and the staff in the building are needed.
  • The district needs to provide reasonable spaces for staff and the programs needed to meet the needs of our youngest learners.

Deferred Maintenance Findings

Minnesota’s education funding is not set up to provide adequate support to properly maintain school facilities. The funding the district does receive (Long Term Facilities Maintenance) does not keep pace with the current maintenance needs. An investment is needed to catch up on maintenance needs.

The 2009 bond referendum focused on $15 million of an identified $30 million in facility maintenance improvements, including mechanical systems and roofing across much of the district. This referendum updated many systems in the district, but did not address all needs. Portions of our buildings and systems have not been updated since they were originally built – in some cases 60 years ago.

The appearance of the school buildings can influence the perception of our visitors and the community.

Deferred Maintenance Need Statements

  • Learning environments need to have good indoor air and water quality and be healthy for students and staff.
  • Students, staff and the community need facilities that create a sense of school pride.
  • Energy efficiency, code compliance and accessibility deficiencies are high priorities to be addressed.

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