Science addition nearly finished at SLPHS

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

Work on a 9,000-square-foot addition to Spring Lake Park High School will wrap up just in time for the new school year.

A 9,000-square-foot addition to the north side of Spring Lake Park High School is nearly complete. A variety of spaces allows for flexible learning in large groups or one-on-one. Photos by Olivia Alveshere
A 9,000-square-foot addition to the north side of Spring Lake Park High School is nearly complete. A variety of spaces allows for flexible learning in large groups or one-on-one. Photos by Olivia Alveshere

The addition was constructed on the north side of the school near the tennis courts.

New science classrooms and labs located there are surrounded by break-out spaces where students can work individually or in small groups under teacher supervision.

Additionally, a large open space will allow for interdisciplinary work.

New storage spaces will encourage sharing of materials.

“We’ve spent a lot of time shifting our thinking from the teacher platform to the learner platform and planning how to provide awesome experiences to our students in this space,” said Ann Enstad, a science teacher at the high school.

Other spiffed up spaces include high school weight and fitness rooms, which had equipment dating back 30 years. New equipment and flooring transformed the spaces.

“I’ve heard so many great things about the new weight room,” School Board Member Amy Hennen said. “It’s really fun to see the kids excited about it.”

A new walkway to Panther Stadium from the rotunda will make it easier for families to access.

New furniture outside of the Fine Arts Center has been installed, and furniture is being ordered to update the cafeteria.

At the high school, projects still in the design phase are upgrades to carer and technical education classrooms and a remodel of the “C” building, the two-story section of the high school along Able Street. The “C” building has not been modified since the late 1960s. Construction is slated to begin in 2018.

Projects were made possible and will continue to be financed by a $49.95 million bond referendum, approved by voters in April 2016.

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Science teachers have moved into new classrooms after an addition at Spring Lake Park High School went up this summer. An addition to Spring Lake Park High School was constructed on the north side of the school near the tennis courts.
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Science teachers have moved into new classrooms after an addition at Spring Lake Park High School went up this summer.