Proposed Bond Projects

  • Ben Franklin Elementary

  • Century Elementary School

  • Elroy Schroeder Middle School

  • Grand Forks Central High School

  • J Nelson Kelly Elementary School

  • Lake Agassiz Elementary School

  • Lewis & Clark Elementary School

  • Phoenix Elementary School

  • Red River High School

  • South Middle School

  • Valley Middle School

  • Viking Elementary School

  • West Elementary School

  • Wilder Elementary School

  • Winship Elementary School

  • Child Nutrition

Map of Proposed Facility Projects (as of 5.11.2021)

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K-8 Campus Predesign Committee Summary

  • The K-8 Campus will be designed to:

    • Provide a variety of collaborative and innovative learning spaces that are adaptable, project-centered, and technology-rich.
    • Promote equity and accessibility for all students, staff, parents, and community.
    • Provide spaces that are healthy and promote student and staff wellbeing.
    • Be fiscally responsible in layout, design, and long-term operations.
    • Promote staff and student empowerment and collaboration.
    • Provide areas for parent/guardian involvement and community access.
    • Provide a sense of community and safety.

    The K-8 Campus will be designed for:

    • Preliminary planned enrollment of 850 students
      • Pre-K-5th grade elementary school
        • Approx. 320 students
        • 4 section elementary school
        • Grade-level communities, gymnasium, cafeteria/commons, music, pre-K, ENCORE (after-school program)
        • Entrance separate from the middle school; proposed separate entrances for elementary and pre-K special education students
        • Gross square footage: 67,000 square feet
      • Grade 6-8 middle school
        • Approx. 530 students
        • Grade-level communities, 2-court competition gymnasium and locker rooms, cafeteria/commons/performance space, Innovation lab, band, choir, family and consumer sciences (FACs), art.
        • Entrance separate from the elementary school.
        • Gross square footage: 123,000 square feet
      • Shared Pre-K-8th grade space
        • Administration and student services, special education, media center (potential to divide into elementary and middle school), kitchen, building support.
        • Gross square footage: 25,000 square feet
      • Total building gross square footage: 215,000 square feet
    • Note: allocated square-footage based on educational program needs, district averages, and school planning guidelines.

    Campus Organization Guidelines

    • Single-phase construction preferred
      • Should be planned and designed to prioritize single-phase construction to minimize costs, time frames, and disruptions.
      • Addresses concerns of fiscal responsibility, student learning, and overall safety.
    • Site circulation separation
      • Should separate parent/guardian and bus traffic to eliminate vehicle conflicts at pick-up and drop-off.
      • Addresses concerns of site circulation and overall vehicle and pedestrian safety.
    • Separate schools with shared support spaces
      • Separate elementary and middle schools with shared and centralized program (administration, special education) and support spaces (kitchen, facility, support, etc.) to maximize space efficiencies.
      • Addresses concerns of elementary and middle school student separation and provides building efficiency.
    • Separate but expandable features
      • Separate elementary and middle school gymnasiums and cafeterias that can be opened via operable walls for larger events (ex: performances).
      • Addresses concerns of elementary and middle school student separation and provides building efficiency.
    • Separate entries
      • Separate and secure main entries for the elementary school and middle school.
      • Addresses concerns of elementary and middle school student separation.
    • Separate Pre-K entry
      • Should be provided for the families of Pre-K students who are escorted in and out of the building at different times.
      • Addresses concerns of site traffic and parking due to different operational hours and parent/guardian/family needs.
    • Grade-level learning communities
      • Grade-level classrooms centered around learning commons, creating educational, social, and support neighborhoods for each grade.
      • Addresses concerns of having a large school/campus.
    • Access to daylight
      • Educational spaces shall be placed and designed to provide natural daylight to learners and educators.
      • Addresses concerns of student and staff wellbeing, decrease lighting (electrical) demand.

    Design Aesthetics

    • Building exterior
      • Traditional materials with contemporary details.
      • Large areas of glazing to create a welcoming feeling.
    • Exterior learning spaces
      • Natural spaces that provide active education and play opportunities at a variety of scales.
    • Interior aesthetics
      • Bright, clean, and minimal spaces.
      • Use a mixture of natural materials, light neutrals, and bright accent colors.
      • Thoughtful inclusion of student storage to contain materials.
    • Classrooms
      • Bright and colorful spaces that prioritize flexible learning configurations at various scales.
      • Prioritize display of student work.
    • Collaboration spaces
      • Spaces that allow for a wide range of activities, energy levels, and group sizes.
      • Use a combination of flexible furniture and impactful built-in components.
    • Commons and large spaces
      • Sized and organized in ways that maintain organization, ease supervision, and allow simultaneous activities without feeling chaotic.
      • Full of daylight with natural tones, light neutrals, and balanced accent colors.
      • Clear and minimal detailing.
    • Specialty spaces
      • Encourage project-based, hands-on learning through a range of activity spaces created by flexible and fixed furniture options.
      • Bright, fresh, and inviting spaces that balance feeling calming and energetic.