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K-5 Boundaries Design

At the August 28, 2023, meeting of the Owatonna Public Schools school board, the board approved a proposal by TeamWorks Education Leadership Solutions to begin a K-5 boundaries design process.

With the current imbalance of attendance between the four elementary schools, other space limitations in buildings, and disparity in neighborhood growth, the design process will determine what the next steps for the school district should be.

Goals of the K-5 boundaries design process are:

  • Balanced enrollment
  • Allow for growth at sites
  • Equitable facility utilization
  • Options should serve both current and future needs of the district
  • Balanced specialized programming and space
  • Shortest bus routes possible
  • Equitable access to opportunities across all schools
  • Minimize disruption of boundary changes with clear communication about why changes are needed, benefits of aligning boundaries to students

Second Round of draft models

The second opportunity for public feedback on the proposed attendance boundaries changes has now closed. Thanks to all who provided feedback! You may still review the Round 2 information:


 

Current Attendance Boundaries Map

map with elementary boundaries and district boundaries

Process

A guiding change document was created by school administrators and reviewed by the School Board at their November 27 meeting. The document includes the current reality facing Owatonna Public Schools, a definition of unacceptable means of achieving the ends, and the desired results.

Design Phase
The Design Team is composed of Owatonna Public Schools administrators, principals and staff, and Owatonna Bus Company staff who will assess the current situation and create concepts based on the guiding change document.

The Input Team is composed of Owatonna Public Schools staff and parents/guardians from each elementary school and the early learning program. These meetings will be open to the public to attend, to listen and learn. Only Input Team members will provide feedback at these meetings.

Staff, families, and community members are welcome to provide comments through online feedback. The first round of online feedback on the first set of draft concept designs is now closed. Watch for the next opportunity for online feedback in February when the second draft concept models are available.

Finalization and Implementation Phase
The School Board will review and vote on the final option(s) and timeline recommended by the Design and Input Teams. After approval, the district will implement the changes. 


upcoming Schedule

March 1 - Design Team meeting
 • Review updates to model. Prepare final option(s) for recommendation to School Board.

March 5, 4:30-6pm - School Board Special Work Session, District Office Board Room (515 West Bridge Street)
 • Discuss options under consideration

TBD - School Board Regular Meeting, Charles S. Crandall Center Chambers (540 West Hills Circle)
 • Discuss and vote on final option(s)