Monthly highlight from School District 622 - May 2018

photos courtesy of School District 622 • Castle and Richardson elementary schools will receive renovations as District 622 works to reduce overcrowding.

Exciting changes are ahead for District 622. During the fall of 2017, district administration hosted more than 30 meetings with District 622 parents and staff to gather feedback for addressing space and overcrowding issues in the elementary schools. We continue to study enrollment trends in our district while communicating with the City of Oakdale about their proposed housing development. With this, we are beginning to think about future elementary boundary changes. 

We are committed to investing in facilities renovations to improve learning spaces across the district. At its Feb. 27 meeting, the school board passed a resolution to move forward with Phase 1 of the District 622 Facilities Master Plan, which will ideally guide the renovation of all District 622 buildings over time. 

Facilities investments are a viable option because 622 is on track to pay off previous facilities debt. With this debt forecast, we hope to eventually remodel all district buildings, ideally without raising taxes. 

Phase 1 includes plans to remodel Castle and Richardson elementary schools. This decision aligns with current enrollment planning. 

Richardson borders two neighboring school districts as well as Weaver Elementary, which is experiencing significant overcrowding. Our goal is to refresh the Richardson building as we look to increase retention of our 622 students, while drawing new enrollment to that school. 

A new housing development in Oakdale will result in many new families moving into the Castle attendance area. Renovations to Castle are intended to add capacity and attract new families. 

In Phase 1, both Castle and Richardson will receive large-scale updates including improvements to the secured entrances, technology, lighting and energy efficiency. Learning spaces will also get redesigned. 

Construction is slated to begin fall 2018 and is expected to be completed winter 2019. 

The Castle and Richardson projects will be paid for through various facilities’ funding streams, including long-term facilities maintenance, abatement and lease levy bonds as well as capital funds earned through the 2016 sale of Valley Crossing Elementary School. 

If you have questions, feel free to contact our 622 communications department by emailing

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