Six of Anoka-Hennepin School District’s 24 elementary schools will experience a growth spurt in the coming year.
While enrollments are shrinking in the district’s middle and high schools, numbers are remaining stable and even increasing at the grade school level.
Not only that, all day-every day kindergarten and special education programs require additional space. Classrooms are bursting at the seams, and so six buildings seeing the most increase in enrollment will be expanded.
Lease levy dollars currently used to pay for portables will be shifted to pay for the permanent elementary school classroom additions, said Chief Operations Officer Chuck Holden.
“A drop in $1 million in portable leases allows for the reallocation and we’ll use that money to fund these additions,” Holden told school board members at their July 8 meeting.
The project schedule presented by ATS&R: Planners/Architects/Engineers shows that the plans and designs must be submitted and reviewed for 60 days before acceptance and authorization for bid is presented to the school board in October.
Contracts are expected to be awarded in December and construction will begin as soon as the ground thaws next spring.
“We’ll have a very busy summer to get all the buildings up and running for the fall of 2014,” said ATS&R representative Eric Anderson.
Expansion is planned with the following specifications at these schools:
• Franklin Elementary School: a three-story addition totaling 9,500 square feet will mean removing portables, then building kindergarten space, an art room, computer lab and conference room, specialist rooms, sensory and evaluation rooms, space for English as a second language/talent development supplemental services and installing an elevator.
• Lincoln Elementary School: a two-story addition totaling 8,900 square feet will add kindergarten space, a computer lab, evaluation room, sensory space, a developmental cognitive disorders classroom, English as a second language/talent development supplemental services, reading recovery space, performance work space and a conference room.
• Eisenhower Elementary School: a one-level addition of 9,500 square feet will add kindergarten space, art and music rooms, special education rooms, English as a second language/talent development supplemental services areas and an evaluation room.
• Jefferson Elementary School: an addition of 11,200 square feet will have portables removed and space added for kindergarten space, art and music rooms, specialist and sensory rooms, an evaluation room, English as a second language/talent development supplemental services areas and a conference room.
Coon Rapids cluster elementary schools
• Adams Elementary School: a one-level 11,000 square-foot addition will add kindergarten and readiness program space, specialist and sensory rooms, developmental cognitive disorders space, art and music rooms, a computer lab and reading recovery areas.
• Sand Creek Elementary School: a one-level 11,000 square-foot addition will have portables removed and space added for kindergarten space, support services rooms, special education resources, an evaluation room and conference room, art and music rooms, a computer lab and a developmental cognitive disorders space.