Farmington District Service Center moves to high school

To help save operating costs, administration is packing up its 421 Walnut St. office and moving across town

The Farmington School District will relocate this summer from its 421 Walnut St. building to the high school on Flagstaff Avenue.

This change expected to happen in August will save the district money in operating costs. Superintendent Jay Haugen said at a June 24 board meeting that the district spends about $20,000 in operating and maintenance costs at the current building.

“I really like having the district office in the school. It reminds us who we are serving,” Haugen said.

At a previous district, Haugen said the district service center was located in a school.

“The change will perhaps give the administration a taste of what it’s like to be in the school,” communications coordinator Jim Skelly said. “That’s what we’re here for.”

The move is a low-cost transition, Skelly said, that does not require a special fund. The high school administrators will move from their offices to the main level, and the district human resources and finance departments will take over their old offices.

Skelly said the biggest change is that community entrance will now be at the east side instead of the south.

No decision has been made about what will happen to the existing building that the district owns and operates. Plans are not yet finalized for the transition.
Joint meeting

The Farmington School Board will hold a joint meeting with the Farmington City Council at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, at City Hall.
Committee

The School Board is seeking applicants for a new financial advisory committee. The board is looking for six community members with management and finance backgrounds who can provide insight and suggestions on financial issues such as audits, debts, refinancing, special projects, budgets and fundraisers.

Applications are available on the district website at farmington.k12.mn.us and should be returned prior to Thursday, Aug. 15.
200 MacBooks

The School Board has approved a lease with Apple for 200, 13-inch MacBook Pros for teachers this coming school year.

Head of instructional technology Charles Duarte said the district has identified about 90 teachers who would use the MacBooks for iBook lesson planning and instruction. An application process will help distribute the remaining laptops.

This past school year, the District Service Center had 16 MacBook Pros available for rental, but “the supply really hasn’t met the demand,” Duarte said.

Email Theresa Malloy at
theresa.malloy@ecm-inc.com.

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