District leaders accompanied a team from Wold Architects and Engineers, the firm that designed the majority of the district’s construction projects made possible by the community’s support of the 2019 bond referendum, to present at the EDspaces “Designing the Future of Education” national conference. The annual event is described as the place where leaders and innovators unite to drive the future of learning environments, where technology, space and pedagogy converge.
Building Our Future
White Bear Lake Area Schools Facilities Process
On November 5, 2019, White Bear Lake Area School District voters approved a $326 million building bond request to address building needs across the district by a margin of 57.4% yes to 42.6% (unofficial results: 8,536 yes votes, 6,336 no votes). The bond funding will be used to:
- address projected enrollment growth throughout the district;
- provide safe, secure and healthy learning environments for all students through investments in our aging facilities and infrastructure;
- increase opportunities for students by creating a single unified grades 9-12 high school;
- and create flexibly-designed learning spaces to support student-centered instruction
At the October 23, 2023 School Board Work Session, representatives from Wold Architects and Kraus-Anderson provided an update on the district-wide Building Our Future Referendum projects.
The Field House indoor walking track is open for free walking from 6-9 p.m. every Monday through Thursday at the current White Bear Lake Area High School - North Campus (5040 Bald Eagle Avenue in White Bear Lake).
As the 2023-24 school year has begun, traffic at White Bear Lake Area High School - North Campus has settled into a regular pattern at the Bald Eagle Avenue side of the building, which is serving as the current main entrance with construction happening on the Division Avenue side of the building.
Safety upgrades were a focus of the facilities work made possible by the bond referendum approved by the community in 2019 and of the capital projects levy approved in 2022. Using these funding sources, the district has been able to implement a variety of safety and security upgrades throughout the district in recent years.
The Price Field construction project will be complete soon. The original grass field was taken out and the new turf field was installed running north-south, parallel with Bald Eagle Avenue. Turning the field created enough space to add an eight-lane running track around the field, something that had not been possible with the original field.