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Construction Updates

Thanks to voter approval of Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools’ (PLSAS) two school funding requests, PLSAS is now in the process of moving from concept proposals into a design phase along with construction timelines for our new building additions, new elementary school and new Bridges Area Learning Center. For questions or comments, contact us.

Building Planning Underway

On December 11, the School Board received a construction phasing plan for district-wide building projects that will continue through 2020. Throughout the planning and design phases there will be opportunities for stakeholder input.

For a detailed chart that includes design, bidding, construction and occupancy timelines, click here.

Staff meetings are underway to plan for additions or renovations to Five Hawks, Glendale (paid for using existing funding sources), Jeffers Pond and Redtail Ridge elementary schools to be completed in time for the 2018/19 school year.

PLSAS is expecting to break ground on a new elementary school in the Big Sky Estates development in Savage in late spring of 2019, after Prior Lake Aggregates has completed mining in that area. The new elementary school will then open in the fall of 2020.

At the secondary level, design, bidding and construction phases for school projects will begin in 2018 for classroom additions and kitchen/cafeteria expansion to Prior Lake High School, additions/remodeling at the middle schools and the construction of Bridges Area Learning Center, which are slated to open in fall of 2019. Other high school construction projects including the secure front entrance and gyms will open in fall of 2020. Remodeling and additions will also be made to Grainwood, WestWood and Edgewood in time for the 2019/20 school year.


Additions or renovations will be made to Five Hawks, Glendale (paid for using existing funding sources), Jeffers Pond and Redtail Ridge elementary schools to be completed in time for the 2018/19 school year. The following elementary school designs were approved by the School Board at its February 12, 2018 meeting. 

Five Hawks
Jeffers Pond
Redtail Ridge

Short-Term Planning

To help ease crowding at the elementary level until the new school opens, the district is implementing the following short-term space solutions over the next two years with the goal of being as least disruptive as possible to students and families:

  • Construction of two additional classrooms each at Redtail Ridge and Jeffers Pond to open in the 2018/19 school year.
  • Continue to limit open enrollment for the 2018/19 school year up to 75 students in kindergarten and up to 1% of new students in grades 1-12.

In addition, the district is considering implementing the following additional short-term space solutions:

  • Use existing, non-traditional spaces for classrooms in elementary schools, such as computer labs and staff lounges.
  • Lease space in the community for pre-kindergarten programs that are currently located in neighborhood schools.
  • Maintain La ola del lago Spanish Immersion at Edgewood School for the next two years, while also utilizing space at neighboring WestWood Elementary for 4th and 5th grade immersion sections.
  • In March the School Board is expected to take action on potential elementary attendance boundary adjustments for the 2018-19 school year (a process to determine comprehensive elementary boundary changes will be made prior to the opening of the new elementary school and will include stakeholder involvement).
  • Adjustments to class-size averages.


Stakeholder Involvement

School planning is a community-wide, participatory process. To gain important stakeholder input, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools (PLSAS) has assembled a Core Planning Group approach to ensure that the eventual design is truly representative of the entire school district community.


Core Planning Groups
Core Planning Groups will provide input for major construction projects including:
• Prior Lake High School (meets December 2017–March 2018)
• Bridges Area Learning Center (meets February–April 2018)
• New elementary school (meets July–September 2018)

Core Planning Groups consist of a cross-section of the users of each facility inclusive of staff, community representatives, site administration, parents and students (as appropriate). The goals and responsibilities of the Core Planning Groups are as follows:

• Guide/Direct Design for expected new facilities
• Review Draft Concepts of Building Additions and Construction Projects
• Offer input, suggestions and perspective on the design and project
• Serve as a communication loop to site stakeholders for the project and seek input from the broader group of
site stakeholders regarding the project
• Make recommendations regarding the scope and components of the project

• Make recommendations to the Leadership Administrative Design Team for inclusion in the design and project

Building Instructional Leadership Teams
Planning for several smaller-scale additions and renovations is also underway with input being sought from Building Instructional Leadership Teams (BILTs) comprised of PLSAS staff and administrators. For facility and construction purposes, parent and community representation will be incorporated for the project scope. BILTs provide input to the Facilities Steering Committee.


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