Half-dozen District 11 school buildings to expand

While contractors install security vestibules in Anoka-Hennepin District 11 elementary schools this summer, plans are afoot to build additions to six of those buildings.

Eisenhower Elementary School will get a 5,500 square-foot addition. Photos by Sue Austreng

Eisenhower Elementary School will get a 5,500 square-foot addition. Photos by Sue Austreng

At its June 10 work session, Anoka-Hennepin School Board members listened as Chief Operations Officer Chuck Holden and representatives from ATS&R: Planners/Architects/Engineers presented potential plans and specifications for those additions.

Additional square footage will house all day-every day kindergarten, specialty rooms for students with cognitive and developmental disabilities, computer labs, conference rooms, talent development areas, specialty rooms and art and music rooms.

“While we’re closing portables at the middle and high schools, we’re expanding elementary schools using lease levy money made available by closing those portables,” Holden said, referencing declining enrollment at the middle and high school levels and increased student populations at the elementary level.

At Franklin Elementary School, portables will be removed, a three-story 9,150 square-foot addition will be built and an elevator will be installed.

At Franklin Elementary School, portables will be removed, a three-story 9,150 square-foot addition will be built and an elevator will be installed.

The additions, Holden said, have 30-40 year sustainability.

“This is a win-win-win situation. We’re creating permanent space without doing boundary changes,” Holden said.

Specifically, additions look like this:

Anoka cluster

• Franklin Elementary School: a three-story addition totaling 9,150 square feet will mean removing portables then building kindergarten space, an art room, computer lab and conference room and installing an elevator.

• Lincoln Elementary School: a two-story addition totaling 9,300 square feet will add kindergarten space, a computer lab, evaluation room and conference room.

Blaine cluster

• Eisenhower Elementary School: a one-level addition of 5,500 square feet will add kindergarten space, special education rooms and talent development areas.

• Jefferson Elementary School: a one-level addition of 10,750 square feet will have portables removed and space added for kindergarten space, and art and music rooms.

Coon Rapids cluster

• Adams Elementary School: a one-level 7,600 square-foot addition will add kindergarten space, specialty rooms and talent development areas.

• Sand Creek Elementary School: a one-level 5,800 square-foot addition will have portables removed and space added for kindergarten space, specialty rooms and a conference room.

ATS&R will present detailed designs to the school board at its July 8 meeting. Official board approval could come by October and construction could begin in February or March 2014.

With an “aggressive timetable” new construction in the schools could be completed and ready for use during the 2014-2015 school year, according to an ATS&R spokesman.

Also during the June 10 work session, Holden spoke of plans to demolish the swimming pool at Coon Rapids Middle School.

“That pool has been unused for the past dozen years or so,” Holden said. “We’re going to demolish it, then put an addition on the building and clean up Coon Rapids Middle School next summer.” he said.

According to Holden, the school’s cafeteria would be relocated from its current basement location and other upgrades, repairs and improvements would be made.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

  • Robin Mavis

    So here is the current and recent past
    1. A bundle of money spent remodeling a school building in Anoka-that was closed due to declining enrollment-and turning it into the new swank School Board digs and adminisration digs
    2. The former administration building that was supposed to be easier to sell then the closed school building in Anoka is STILL sitting vacant and is unsold and unleased AND falling into disrepair – the parking lot looks like crap and now private businesses are parking vehicles with advertising in the parking lot.
    3. School district fires all the SLAs because they don’t have funding.
    4. Rehires some SLAs because oh..we made a mistake and didn’t do our job keeping track of what was happening at the state level for funding and my oh my looks like we actually do have some funding. But not all SLAs were rehired.
    5. Over the last 3 years the school district has resisted brining in comprehensive anti-bullying training because they didn’t have the money for it.
    6. Suddenly the district can spend MILLIONS on additions to SEVERAL school buildings across the district.
    7. We still don’t have all our SLAs rehired.

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