South Washington County Schools

Background - Valley Crossing

On Jan. 28, 2015 the three districts that currently own Valley Crossing Community School, located within the South Washington County School District Boundaries, gathered to finalize the purchase of the school. South Washington County Schools was the highest bidder purchasing the building for $21.5 million.

The school opened in the fall of 1996 as a shared partnership between North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Schools, Stillwater Area Public Schools and South Washington County Schools. The bonds for the purchase of the building will be paid in full in January 2016, timed with the expiration of the joint powers agreement granting governance of the building to North East Metro Intermediate School District 916, of which all districts are a part.

As 44 percent owner, South Washington County Schools will pay approximately $12,040,000 for the purchase. Stillwater Area Public Schools, as 42 percent owner, will receive $9,030,000 from the sale, with North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Schools receiving $3,010,000.

It is important to note that funding for the purchase or repair of buildings is not allowed through a school district’s general fund. The general fund is for operations. Lease levy or bond referendum would provide the financing for the purchase of the building. A discussion in the future at the School Board level will clarify the district’s funding intent.

The School Boards of all three districts also approved letters of intent to terminate the management agreement with North East Metro Intermediate School District 916 beginning with the 2016-17 school year. No changes in management will take place at the school for the 2015-16 school year.

Of the acquisition of the building, District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus said, “We are pleased to have acquired Valley Crossing for a number of reasons. We have and continue to experience capacity issues at the elementary level in the northeast quadrant of our district. The school has served its families well over two decades and the facility itself is in good condition. We look forward to the conversations that will occur to support a smooth transition for all students and families involved.”