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Capital Planning, Construction and Maintenance
Capital Planning, Construction and Maintenance

To help ensure students are in safe and welcoming learning environments, the Facilities Department oversees the daily maintenance of more than 71 buildings (68 schools and 3 administrative sites) and more than 8 million gross square feet of area.

These facilities (buildings and land) must also go through periodic renovations to ensure modernization keeps in pace with the evolving learning needs of students. When looking at how best to improve its facilities with limited resources, MPS considers a school community’s educational needs, health, safety, operations, environment, and the maintenance of existing assets that support student development.

Facility improvement projects fall under two broad categories:

  1. Capital Improvements: Include significant renovation and remodeling to buildings and ground, or upgrades to key systems such as adding new security equipment or HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning).
  2. Maintenance: Ongoing work is done to repair and maintain buildings and grounds to keep them running efficiently and in acceptable condition. For example, replacing a school’s roof or boiler. (“Deferred maintenance” refers to work that must be postponed until funds are identified to complete the work.)


Each spring, a revised set of facility improvements (also called capital improvements) are approved by the Board of Education. (See the community meeting presentation from spring 2017 and the list of capital projects planned for fiscal year 2018 (FY2018) pending approval from the Minnesota Department of Education).

The following district priorities inform the list of scheduled facility improvements:

  • Culinary and wellness services (salad bars in all sites; finishing kitchens - hot food; adequate cafeteria space)
  • Modernize safety and security systems (PA systems; cameras; security system layouts)
  • Dehumidification (air quality, cooling)
  • Capital improvements (moderning schools to better meet students’ learning needs)