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Building A Better Tomorrow

Oct. 1, 2018

Creating safe, equitable, collaborative and flexible spaces

Last year the Richfield community supported the students, staff, and families of Richfield Public Schools through an overwhelmingly successful referendum for our district. We are using funds from our operational referendum to reduce class sizes across the district, with further class-size reductions in kindergarten and first grade. Also, additional support staff for our students was added in every building and every program.

Most of the buildings in the district were built an average of 50 years ago with the last major renovation happening in the mid-1990s. The approved referendum will bring replacement of aged infrastructure and physical building components to all facilities in our district. Many mechanical, electrical, exterior wall and roof systems are well beyond their intended lifespan and will be replaced. Replacement systems will not only protect our buildings from deteriorating any further, but they will also provide more energy efficiency, operating efficiency and better student learning environments.

Safety and security enhancements will also be made to all district facilities. Many of our facilities have main office or reception areas that are not located at the main entrances, which does not allow for guests and visitors to be verified appropriately throughout the day, every day. Relocation of main offices, reconfiguration of entrance vestibules and/or installation of the appropriate security systems will keep our students and staff safe while also giving our guests and visitors a welcoming introduction to each of our buildings.  

Also, our facilities will undergo construction to create equitable, collaborative, and flexible learning environments. Equitable spaces in each facility will provide not only the appropriate learning environment but also improved efficiency for staff that are currently forced to alter instruction due to the limitations of the spaces provided. Collaborative and flexible learning areas, especially at the middle and high school grades, are more representative of today’s curricular offerings and have real-world application of life after graduation. These areas can be used for one-on-one instruction, small group/large group instruction, are able to be open after hours, and able to be utilized for a variety of instructional or recreational reasons.

The entire construction and improvements program for all of our buildings will take four years to complete. Construction work will begin this spring at our high school, and at two elementary schools, Richfield Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Elementary (RSTEM) and Richfield Dual Language Elementary School (RDLS). We’re excited to share these renderings of improvements that are on the way. Stay tuned to our website, facebook or twitter channels to follow along with construction progress.

 

architectural rendering of new RDLS entry CHANGES COMING TO RDLS

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Secure entry/admin office addition
  • Media center addition
  • Restroom renovations
  • Kitchen and serving additions
  • Special education classroom renovations
  • Network and security system infrastructure upgrades
  • Mechanical improvements
  • Parking lot and pick-up/drop-off additions
  • And more!

 

 

architectural rendering of new RSTEM media center CHANGES COMING TO RSTEM

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Secure entry/admin office relocation
  • Media center renovation
  • Restroom renovations
  • Kitchen and serving renovations
  • Special education classroom renovations
  • Network and security system infrastructure upgrades
  • New building automation control system
  • Mechanical and boiler improvements
  • Parking lot and pick-up/drop-off additions
  • And more!

 

architectural rendering of new RHS commons area CHANGES COMING TO RHS

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Secure entry/admin office relocation
  • Expanded commons area
  • Remodeled media center
  • Restroom renovations
  • Kitchen and serving area renovations
  • Special education classroom renovations
  • Science lab renovations
  • Improved building circulation
  • Network and security system infrastructure upgrades
  • New hot water boilers
  • Light fixture replacements
  • Complete building dehumidification
  • New building automation control system
  • And more!