4 new Twin Cities schools will end an era

  • Article by: AIMÉE BLANCHETTE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 1, 2009 - 4:27 PM

Ribbon-cuttings Tuesday at four new Twin Cities high schools may be the last for a while.

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snowguy716Aug. 29, 09 7:14 PM

Here in Bemidji we built a new high school that opened in January 2001. It was 382,000 sq. ft. and included the same features including state of the art technology and an 1100 seat auditorium along with 80 acres of land that includes forest and the Mississippi River for $43 million. The bond was for $51 million, so they replaced a 90 year old elementary school as well. Unfortunately three years after the new school opened, two charter high schools opened right at the time when high school enrollment began to fall.. so a building built to accommodate 2400 students currently houses about 1300. At the same time, they expect the building to serve the district for 60 years and the community is growing, so who knows.

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metomjr2Aug. 30, 09 1:21 AM

Spring Lake Park has a new high school too. They didn't knock down one section, but that section was overhauled and everything else got razed and replaced. Just thought it should be mentioned.

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zanderkxAug. 30, 09 5:32 AM

Carver is dumb maybe they will need another elemnetary in like 10 years, but MN sucks for pretty much everything. They brag all their education and social servicies are so good but who really cares caus paying taxes for that B.S. is lame. Livin in Texas is awesome. You know you aren't paying taxes for a bunch of welfare recipients to live off of and the wether owns MN's....

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tpsmkemkAug. 30, 09 7:48 AM

I moved back here in 2007 after living in Arizona for 10 years. I found the education systems in both states about equal. Now the national scores will be higher here in Minnesota because 30 % of the students in Arizona do not speak English. The big differences are that here the homework is much less, the extra curricular activities are far superior (except for football, cheerleading and baseball) and they way schools are funded. Which I will talk about in another post.

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tpsmkemkAug. 30, 09 7:56 AM

One of the things I liked in Arizona's education systems was the funding mechanisms and the move to redistrict. We lived in a 2400 home development (which is about average size). To get the permission to build, the developer had to donate land for the school. There was also an new home assessment to build the school. He had enough money to build a beautiful elementary school that was heart of the development. We still had $2 million in reserve for upgrading in the future.

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tpsmkemkAug. 30, 09 8:08 AM

Another funding mechanisms we liked was a $200 tax credit for donating to the schools. This money had to be designated to a program in the district. For example the science program, sports, arts or social studies would be areas we could donate to. It could not go to salaries, "mortar" and administration.

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tpsmkemkAug. 30, 09 8:14 AM

The metro areas of Minnesota needs major redistricting. For example, when I attended Fridley, we had 1500 students in the three grade high school. Columbia Heights and Brooklyn Center were the same size. Now the three schools are about half the size in a four grades. But all three districts have full administrative staffs. How about combining them? The same thing could be said for Jordan/Belle Plaine, Mahtomedi or North St. Paul.

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newsjunkieAug. 30, 09 9:07 AM

That's a lot of bells and whistles to pay for and much of it won't add to what the kids are actually learning. Glad I don't live in that tax district...

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nojusticeAug. 30, 0910:11 AM

They should use virtual schooling more. The picture of football players remind us we need to cut out athletics from school programs. How about a high school with athletic facilities to save money!?

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nojusticeAug. 30, 0910:12 AM

Hope it was not state money!

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