South Washington County Schools

Valley Crossing opens with updated spaces for fall of 2017

Valley Crossing Elementary School is now owned and operated by South Washington County Schools. A 20-year tri-district partnership concluded in the 2015-16 school year.

Starting in the fall of 2017 new attendance boundary families will become part of the school community. They will join existing students and the Gateway program.

Over the summer, construction began to add walls to the school. Solid walls were added at the fronts of all the classrooms with folding whiteboard walls in between all classrooms.

The changes were part of a compromise that staff agree will allow for closed space, as well as multiple rooms to share space on both sides of the neighborhoods. It also allows for various numbers of teachers to be on a team. This will be important as the number of multiage and single grade sections will fluctuate from year to year depending on enrollment. 

The school’s principal is Dr. Lela Olson, who has been in the position since 2014. Her previous leadership experience includes serving as a principal in Crookston Public Schools, the Academy of Bioscience in New Brighton’s executive director and a lead teacher for Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916. Dr. Olson also has experience in various roles supporting special education as well as elementary teaching experience.

Dr. Olson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing from Augustana College, a Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctorate in Work and Human Resource Education from the University of Minnesota. She is licensed as a K-12 principal.

Attendance boundaries and Frequently Asked Questions

The north elementary attendance boundaries were approved by the School Board on Jan. 21, 2016. A Q & A is available to support the recommendation and implementation the boundaries as presented to the Board.

A set of frequently asked questions, with updated information, including plans for the transition of Valley Crossing for both 2016-17 and 2017-18 is available.


  • Julie Nielsen, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Excellence and Accountability
    Email: jnielsen@sowashco.org, Phone: 651-425-6203

Comments regarding Valley Crossing can be shared through the district’s “We’re Listening” opportunity. Select “Valley Crossing” from the dropdown menu.