'Already full,' 3 Minneapolis schools poised to expand

  • Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 24, 2011 - 10:44 AM

Minneapolis superintendent wants construction to begin as early as next summer. The cost: $27 million.

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aibryanSep. 24, 11 2:46 AM

This makes absolutely no sense. About 6 years ago we went through a huge restructuring of the MPS school system, and closed several elementary schools because there was "extra space" and it "wasted money" (including my elementary school of the original Northrup off of 46th and Bloomington). Now we are running out of space? What about all those beautiful, perfectly functioning buildings you got rid of? Sure could use that space now..... It seems that MPS goes through this closing schools then building/expanding schools often. It happened in the 1980's with Central, Marshall West, East, and is happening now with elementary schools. What the school board needs to understand is that the "echoes" of the baby boom will dictate the demand for space in schools. The baby boom generation needed massive schooling space lasting till the late 1970's. Then when they all graduated, there was excess room, and many schools were shut down. When they had kids (the first echo) the need for space became high again, but once again, disappeared as the last of the first echo graduated in the early 2000's. Now as the first echo is starting to have kids we are seeing the elementary school system stressed with class sizes of 35 plus, and in 8-10 years, the High Schools will be over crowded if we don't plan correctly. Ok MPS. Lets be smart about this.....

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regulator1Sep. 24, 11 6:10 AM

How many vacant buildings does MPS have ?

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biddabangSep. 24, 11 6:58 AM

Absolutely makes no sense. There are empty buildings that MPS has....USE THEM! Sheesh! What is it about this Superintendent Bernadieia Johnson's urge to spend our tax dollars all the time? Careless thinking on her part. First closing North High, Second giving raises to undeserved MPS staff, now she wants to spend $27 mill to expand? Huh? Will someone please show her a map of all the current empty buildings and tell her it might just be a good idea to start her expansion plans there?

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clnorthSep. 24, 11 9:06 AM

I don't ever want to hear another complaint about the need for more money in Minneapolis. You are going to build when you have all of those empty classrooms in other buildings? Wow.

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RCHSep. 24, 11 9:31 AM

Fine, use the "empty classrooms" in other buildings then. Of course you'll then have to set up a new busing plan. So which is it? Do you want a better neighborhood school, or do you want to bus the kids to empty classrooms in other parts of the city?

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paxtonhallSep. 24, 11 9:55 AM

The need here isn't for a whole school, but for additional classrooms at three schools. Harriet and Nokomis are in the southwesterly and southeasterly corners of the City. The recently closed schools are primarily on the north side. (No school has closed in the SW area for at least 20 years.) Attendance boundaries would have to be adjusted all the way from south to north to eliminate the problem that way. Pratt School may be a different situation, although it is geographically isolated from the rest of SE by the U and industrial areas. In the last round of closings Pratt or Tuttle had to be closed. Tuttle was the larger, newer school so there was surprise when it was closed. School enrollment is no longer as simple to predict as it once was. On the north side the decrease in enrollment was primarily caused by charter schools. I don't know what caused the increase in enrollment at Nokomis and Harriet. Are there more children being born or are families no longer moving out of the area before their children reach school age? As a taxpayer I don't mind making marginal changes to school buildings to avoid major boundary changes or construction of new schools.

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tvzz00Sep. 24, 1111:03 AM

and fire this Minneapolis superintendent for not thinking of other possibilities than building new schools!

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mplsatty41Sep. 24, 1112:14 PM

What about the empty Howe School building in South Minneapolis? It's very close to the Nokomis Keewaydin campus, and it's been sitting vacant for several years, still owned by the Minneapolis Public School District. The Minneapolis Public Schools closed it because of low enrollment...why wouldn't MPS reopen it now that enrollment in that area is high again?

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thebullockSep. 24, 1112:44 PM

Keep in mind that long-term cost effectiveness needs to take into account maintenance as well. If you add additional classrooms to an existing in-use building, heating and maintenance costs will only rise in proportion to those new classrooms. Whereas opening up an entire extra building would potentially double heating costs, and also require grounds maintenance, air conditioning for part of the year, playground upkeep, potentially some remodeling or repairs if the building has been closed for a long time, administrative pay for a principal, office staff, lunch staff, etc. etc. Just because the district HAS unused buildings doesn't necessarily mean that using them instead of expanding existing in-use buildings would be cheaper. It would be nice to see a real cost/benefit analysis on both options. I don't think it's appropriate to make a judgment until then.

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dmoortellSep. 24, 11 1:10 PM

No wonder why our taxes keep going up. I'm in total agreement with mplsatty41. I live by Howe School and Longfellow which are both vacant. This is a total waste of money to invest 12 million dollars in expanding rather than using the resources we already have.

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