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Continued: Building boomlet is prep for all-day K in Anoka-Hennepin

  • Article by: SHANNON PRATHER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 1, 2014 - 11:02 PM

“I am a part of the community as well. It’s just part of what we need to do. Anoka-Hennepin has been fiscally conservative and thinking about money and long-term projections.”

Sand Creek Elementary in Coon Rapids will get a 12,000-square-foot addition.

“I am very excited. We have had space issues,” said Principal Paul Anderson. “… We were all scrambling with how we were going to keep kindergartners here all day with no space.”

Even with the addition, Anderson has asked to keep the portables, too. The district has agreed.

Still, he knows the portables are less than ideal. They’re often the target of vandalism — graffiti and broken windows.

Sand Creek Art Teacher Alice Johnson teaches in the portables part of the time, sharing space with the music teacher, and going from classroom to classroom with her supplies on her cart the rest of the time. She’s not crazy about portables, but she’s getting by — and dreaming of the days ahead.

“Next year. … That is the carrot on the end of the stick,” Johnson said. “It will be wonderful.”


Shannon Prather • 612-673-4804


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