Voters pass $117 million building bond in ISD 197

On May 8, voters in the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District 197 passed a bond referendum for $117 million. It was approved with 62 percent of the vote. 

“We are very grateful to our residents for supporting our students, staff and schools by the passing the referendum,” District 197 Superintendent Peter Olson-Skog said in a press release. “These funds will enable us to complete necessary building maintenance and repairs, modernize learning spaces and update our fine arts and athletics facilities.”

The bond money will be used for additions, renovations and repairs at all elementary and middle schools and Henry Sibley High School.

With the passage of the bond, work will shift to the design process and construction timelines. All work is anticipated to be completed by the fall of 2021. 

In order to gain input from stakeholders within the district — parents, students, teachers — sub-committees and focus groups will be formed with meetings set to begin by the end of May. If interested in participating in the design process, go to for more information. 


— Hannah Burlingame

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