Detroit Lakes School District Entering Planning Mode for November Building Referendum

Detroit Lakes School District Entering Planning Mode for November Building Referendum Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--No new school building proposed this time around for the Detroit Lakes School District as it plans for a building referendum. A couple dozen people showed up Wednesday night in Detroit Lakes to hear from the architect in charge of drawing up plans for a building referendum to address the issues of space and safety in existing district facilities. Brian Berg from the Zerr Berg Architectural Firm in Fargo presented a general outline of how his firm will take a three phase approach to helping the District plan and get a referendum on the November ballot.**

Berg has met with the Detroit Lakes School Board who came up with four key priorities** that must be addressed in the project...

Zerr-Berg Architect Brian Berg discussing the three phases of planning for a referendum.

The architect says the district is currently in the first of three phases of the planning. Which Berg says is about information gathering and concept development with community group meetings such as last night, and meetings with admin, faculty, staff and students. The input will then be reviewed and refined.

A number of people attending the meeting shared comments about items that need to be addressed. Those included increased space for a trades area, eliminate the temporary classroom structures, create more gym space, refurbish the pool, create a bigger commons area at the high school. There was also discussion in the room at last night's community group meeting about getting creative with financing some of the projects and looking into public private partnerships.

Three referendums to build new buildings, either a new middle school or a new high school, have failed to pass in Detroit Lakes School District in recent years.

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