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South Washington County Schools Announces Purchase of Valley Crossing Community School

January 30, 2015

After months of discussions taking place regarding the future of Valley Crossing Community School, the three partner school districts (North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale #622, South Washington County Schools #833 and Stillwater Area Schools #834) have come together and reached a mutual agreement. As of Wednesday, January 28, South Washington County Schools negotiated the purchase of Valley Crossing Community School and will take over management effective July 1, 2016. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How will the sale of Valley Crossing Community School impact the upcoming 2015-16 school year?
Valley Crossing will continue to serve students in grades K-6 from the three sending districts, and students who come here via open enrollment, during the current and upcoming school year.
What does this mean for the families who have students attending Valley Crossing? Will the current students get to stay?
The three sending districts will work together to create transition plans for their students and families. While it is unknown what these plans might look like, efforts will be made to make transitions for students, and families, go as smoothly as possible.
What about Valley Crossing staff? Will Valley Crossing staff be able to keep their jobs and work for South Washington County schools?
Minnesota Statute provides guidance for the transition of staff when a collaborative school changes ownership and management. In the weeks to come, efforts will be to develop a clear and concise plan for staff so they know about their options during this time of transition.
How was it possible for South Washington County Schools #833 to purchase Valley Crossing?
Over the past two weeks, the three sending districts (North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale #622, South Washington County #833, and Stillwater #834) each passed school board resolutions allowing them to terminate Northeast Metro 916’s management of Valley Crossing beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.
Although discussion regarding the purchase of Valley has been ongoing for some time, negotiations quickly came to a close on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 between the three districts. Each district will now present the plan to their full school boards for approval in the next several weeks.
Did Northeast Metro 916 have input in this decision?
Both the ownership and management of Valley Crossing are determined only by the three partner districts. The joint powers agreement that is currently in effect merely specifies that Northeast Metro 916 has authority to manage the school.
When will South Washington County Schools begin management of Valley Crossing? 
The management will take effect July 1, 2016. However, the districts will be working closely together from now until the time of change in management to ensure as smooth of a transition as possible and keep the best interest of our families in mind.
Is the sale of Valley Crossing the reason why Northeast Metro 916 is building a school in Lake Elmo?
No, the school in Lake Elmo will be a special education federal setting IV school. Valley Crossing is one of three general education programs (Valley Crossing, Area Learning Centers and Career and Technical Center) run by Northeast Metro 916. The school in Lake Elmo is part of the district's three-step facilities plan which was approved by the school board years earlier. 
Who can I contact for additional information? 
Valley Crossing families should contact the person listed below in their home district:
  • North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale: Patty Phillips, Superintendent
    Email: | Phone: 651-748-7410

  • South Washington County: Julie Nielsen, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Excellence and Accountability
    Email: | Phone: 651-458-6203

  • Stillwater: Malinda Lansfeldt, Executive Director of Learning Services and Elementary Education
    Email: | Phone: 651-351-8312