Referendum Projects Update presented at School Board Work Session

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.

Much of the discussion featured an overview of plans for the current Sunrise Park Middle School Building. In the summer of 2024, the middle school will be moved to the current White Bear Lake Area High School - South Campus building and will be renamed Mariner Middle School in honor of the building’s original use as Mariner High School. After Sunrise is vacated, work will begin to renovate the space to serve as the site for various community programs, including the Senior Center and Early Childhood programs currently housed at Normandy Park Education Center, the Transition Education Center currently located in leased space in Hugo, and district offices currently located at District Center adjacent to Central Middle School, which will expand to take over the building when district offices have been relocated.

The presentation also included an update on the list of completed facilities projects, which has grown to include the Transportation Facility, North Star Elementary, the Area Learning Center and additions at the current WBLAHS - South Campus and Birch Lake, Lakeaires, Lincoln, Matoska, Oneka, Otter Lake, Vadnais Heights and Willow Lane Elementaries. 

Projects that remain on the horizon are the completion of the current WBLAHS - North Campus and Central Middle School, which celebrated a groundbreaking this summer and will be completed in phases, Long-Term Facilities Maintenance (LTFM) projects at the current WBLAHS - South Campus, and the transition of the current Sunrise Park Middle School.

The complete presentation file can be found on the School Board Materials page of the district website, directly at