FISHER, Minn. — A school in a small Polk County community may soon undergo a big renovation, but before any plans can move forward, district leaders are hoping to get input from the community on how the should be improved.
School is out for summer, but administrators for the public school in Fisher, a community 15 miles south on Highway 2 from Grand Forks, say they are already thinking about next year and beyond.
Fisher Public School Superintendent Evan Hanson says the small town school hasn't been renovated for about 20 years, and that the district can no longer wait to update the building, which houses students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Roof repairs, improvements to the HVAC system and a new secured entryway to the school are just a few things on the district's list. Officials are also considering a new gym that can be used for more than just sports events.
Administrators say it can be a challenge getting elementary school kids from one end of the school to the other for recess and that a dedicated elementary wing could save them some time.
"Our elementary wing is on the opposite end of the building from our cafeteria from the playground," Hanson said. "They have to walk through the high school in order to get to those places."
The improvement plan could cost around $12 million and would be paid for through a bond referendum. A vote could be scheduled as early as this fall.
But before a vote is held, administrators say they want the public to decide what renovation priorities will be.
"What we hear back from (the) public is what we're moving forward with," Hanson said. "We do not have a plan that's already established."
The school is hosting two meetings to answer any questions the public might have may have about the projects.
Public input meetings on the school renovations are planned for Thursday, June 27 and again on Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m. at Fisher School.