BY KELLY JOHNSON
The Anoka-Hennepin School Board has approved lease agreements for the upcoming school year.
Among them is a lease renewal for portable classrooms at McKinley Elementary School in Ham Lake and Sand Creek Elementary School in Coon Rapids.
The renewal is effective Aug. 1 and continues for three years, according to information provided by Chuck Holden, chief operations officer.
Holden said the school district has leased these portable classrooms from ModSpace for a number of years.
The rate for the three-year lease is frozen at the current rate, $1,000 per month for each school.
District 11 will also continue to lease space at Mary T. Villas, 1181 117th Ave. N.W., Coon Rapids, to house the Transition Plus program.
This space is used for students to practice independent living skills as part of their curriculum, Holden said.
Additionally, Mary T. staff will also use the space to house a living skills instructional program on the weekends.
The shared arrangement will result in a reduced rent for the district of $500 per month. The lease agreement is for a one-year period.
The third lease agreement approved by the school board is for space at the Andover Family Place, 13628 through 13636 Crosstown Blvd. N.W. in Andover.
District 11 has leased this space since 1995 for the community education childhood programs.
According to Holden, the owner of the building, Klus-Klus Realty Andover Partnership, has been an excellent partner with the school district.
The agreement calls for the lease rate to remain frozen, with the property owner agreeing to contribute to the replacement costs of any heating and air conditioning failure during the term of the lease, which extends to Sept. 30, 2013.
Lease payments are $69,692.24 annually.