WAYZATA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: WHS Addition and New Elementary School Design Development Progress

Thanks to supportive voters last February, committees have been busy this summer moving plans forward to add onto to Wayzata High School (WHS) and build an eighth elementary school to meet the needs of our growing resident student population.

These planning committees are made up of representatives from: district staff, parents and students, Wold Architects and Engineers and Kraus Anderson. A full list of committee and subcommittee members can be found in the menu to the left.

After touring other metro schools to see what else is out there and developing guiding principles to serve as a foundation for the design process, the High School and Elementary Core Planning Teams have been working with architects to develop schematic designs.

The preliminary designs for the WHS addition were shared with the Wayzata School Board at its August 25 Work Session and additional input will now be gathered in September and October from user groups, made up of staff, parents, community members and students, who will share their insights on specific aspects of the high school construction project. The schematic design for the new elementary school will be presented to the School Board at the end of September.

Wayzata High School

Once the user group feedback is incorporated, design development will continue and each schematic design will then be analyzed for feasibility based on financial, structural, mechanical and other realities. The design development phase for the high school is anticipated to be final by the end of October or early November. The design development of the elementary school will be complete by late November or early December. It is possible that preliminary site utility work may begin at Wayzata High School yet this fall, with formal ground breaking for both the WHS addition and new elementary school happening in the spring of 2015.

New Elementary School Site Determined

Pending necessary approvals, the new elementary school will be built near the intersection of Lawndale Lane and County Road 47. The new school will be adjacent to property recently purchased by the City of Plymouth at the corner of Lawndale Lane and County Road 47 as part of its Northwest Greenway Plan.

School Boundary Adjustment Process to be Shared this Fall

With the addition of an eighth elementary school, a process to reconfigure school attendance areas and balance enrollment at all elementary schools will be shared with parents and the community this fall. Both the new elementary school and key portions of the WHS additions are scheduled to be open in the fall of 2016.

Safety, Security and Technology Infrastructure Improvements

Remodeling to enhance security was completed over the summer to the front entrance of Central Middle School. Security enhancements at East and West Middle Schools are expected to begin in the spring of 2015 and be completed sometime during the summer or fall of 2015. In addition, a multi-year fiber optic infrastructure update got underway this summer to modernize and increase connectivity to meet our growing and evolving technology needs.

Updates will continue to be shared as the construction projects proceed. For more information, call and leave your questions on the Construction Hotline at 763-745-5050, or send an email to construction@wayzata.k12.mn.us.

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