New Minneapolis school district headquarters shine bright

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 28, 2012 - 8:58 PM

Minneapolis district headquarters encourage collaboration.

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dflleftMay. 28, 12 7:51 PM

RAISE YOU HAND if you believe that this new building for administrators will improve the pathetic graduation rate [ currently under 50%] for this DFL and Union infested district. I should add that the average salary for minneapolis teachers is just under $70,000 for 8 months work, full benefits, and lifetime employment.

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stribreaderzMay. 28, 12 7:59 PM

My boy has 36 kids in his 4th grade class and the District has a new HQ building. What's wrong here?

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yahsiekjnhgpMay. 28, 12 8:07 PM

And this will improve test scores and graduation rates by??????

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kriegerMay. 28, 12 8:21 PM

While there is a dozen empty school buildings sitting all over the city being heated in the winter....WASTE OF MONEY school board. What happened to putting the kids first? JOKE!!!!!

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biggersmallMay. 28, 12 8:21 PM

A building that costs $41.7 million in what could easily be described as the worst neighborhood in Minnesota, should be a bang-for-the-buck prospect. Instead, I'm wondering where the money all went. "The district reserved the frills for technology, not furnishings." I would love to read what exactly this high-technology was that was purchased, however the article didn't articulate outside of what was being removed - mainly printers, filing cabinets, and the employees ability to bring a small space heater/dorm fridge. So, with office technology dropping like a rock, where did the money go? The only thing worse than govermnet building a marble palace, is them spending marble palace money on West Broadway and getting a $9 million Brooklyn Center office park.

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mark44May. 28, 12 8:35 PM

Vote No on the next Mpls school referendum, because the money isn't being used for the kids, it's being used to build boondoggles like this and feed the salaries of the administration. Currenlty, there are 30+ administrators who make six-figure incomes...rediculous.

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splint1May. 28, 12 8:57 PM

They really should have used one of the many schools that they closed to house the district headquarters. Lots of other districts have repurposed older school buildings for administrative offices just fine. The fact that they were willing to build a brand new building for their administrative offices show a lack of priorities on the part of the school board.

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reader22May. 28, 12 8:57 PM

Well isn't that special? For thirty-eight million dollars.

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reader22May. 28, 12 9:06 PM

oops. 41.7 - figures must have gone up even after the district distributed their final cost figures. Probably the new iPads, ergo chairs and LED TVs for Bernadeia's office and the conference rooms!

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BruceBairdMay. 28, 12 9:09 PM

Exactly! My wife, a retired Minneapolis teacher, pointed out years ago that after each referendum, ostensibly to maintain small class size, the class sizes increased.

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