To help ease crowding at the elementary level until the new K-5 school opens, the district is implementing the following short-term space solutions 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.
- 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.
- If needed, 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.
- Adjustments to class-size averages.
Attendance boundary changes
On March 26, 2018, the School Board approved 2018/19 boundary changes for Redtail Ridge and WestWood elementary schools. Approximately 60 Redtail Ridge students and approximately 16 WestWood students will attend Glendale Elementary in the fall of 2018. This decision was made to help ease crowding at Redtail Ridge and WestWood and make enrollment more equitable across the grade levels. Glendale families will not be switching attendance boundaries 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.
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.
In preparation for the opening of our new elementary school in Savage in 2020, PLSAS will be changing K-5 attendance boundaries for all of our elementary schools.
New elementary attendance boundaries will help ensure we have adequate instructional and co-curricular space throughout our district for our growing student population.
The process will include feedback from an Input Team, comprised of parents and staff, to study options for School Board consideration and action. A public information session will be held March 18, 6:30-8 p.m. at Prior Lake High School. The final options will be forwarded to the School Board in April. The new boundaries will take effect with the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
More details regarding the process will be communicated via email and the PLSAS website.
December 14, 2018 (E-News)
District newsletter, Laker Connections, November 2018
October 26, 2018 (E-News)
September 27, 2018 (E-News)
District newsletter, Laker Connections, August 2018
May 21, 2018 (E-News)
District newsletter, Laker Connections, May 2018
May 3, 2018 (E-News)
April 4, 2018 (E-News)
February 9, 2018 (E-News)
District newsletter, Laker Connections, February 2018
January 4, 2018 (E-News)
December 14, 2017 (E-News)
After the Prior Lake-Savage referendum: What’s next? (November 22, 2017)
Bonds sales save taxpayers more than $13M over earlier estimates (January 25, 2018 Press Release)
Prior Lake-Savage school board approves elementary design plans (February 13, 2018 Prior Lake American)