From the Spring 2010 Alexandria 206 newsletter:
Phase II: Long-range Facility Improvement Plan
In 2006, the Board of Education researched and developed a plan to address the long-term facility needs of the district. After gathering community input, the board approved a two phase plan to address the district’s facilities needs.

Phase I of the facilities plan concluded with the opening of Woodland Elementary and the purchase of property for a future high school. The future high school site is a 167-acre parcel of land located at the intersection of 50th Avenue and Pioneer Road. By securing land in Phase I, District 206 voters showed support for taking the first step toward building a new high school.

Phase II – Future High School Plan
Phase II of the district’s long-range facility improvement plan focuses on needs at Jefferson High School, proposing a referendum for a new high school in 3-5 years. The following paragraphs summarize the progress on Phase II planning that would provide for a new high school for grades 9-12 to replace Jefferson HIgh School.

Community Survey
In October 2009, the Board of Education approved a survey of 400 randomly selected district residents in which 60% of those surveyed were supportive of the new high school initiative. In addition, 74% of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that District 206 has kept the promises made during the 2007 Phase I bond campaign.
The District was also given very high marks by community members in all of the survey’s qualitive measures such a s perceptions of overall quality, facilities, serving the needs of the community, financial management, and trust.

Site Work and Construction Delivery Model
At the January 25th regular board meeting, the board took action to accept the low bid from Anderson-Johnson Associates for civil engineering services related to wetland mitigation and road entrances at the future high school site.
In addition, based on presentations and discussions over the last couple of months, the Board approved using construction management as the delivery model for a future high school project.

Capital Campaign Feasibility Study
Working in conjuction with the Alexandria Public Schools Education Foundation, the Board approved an agreement with Hansen Henley Yoder & Lamb of Minneapolis to complete a Feasibility Study for District 206 regarding a possible capital campaign as it relates to the construction of a high school. The consultants have begun interviewing a group of community leaders to gather feedback to help strengthen the work and future direction of the high school project.