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Continued: Minneapolis schools shift to growth mode

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 25, 2013 - 11:50 AM

Monserrate said that he wants to sort through the options considered by district planning staff, but that the district seems to have some room to borrow for buildings under its current debt limits. “It doesn’t seem as grim as it did before,” he said. Board policy is to pay off 70 percent of existing debt within 10 years, with debt payments consuming no more than 15 percent of revenues.

Gagnon expressed reservations about the proposed arts high school, worrying that it could undermine what she regards as strong performances by students at the district’s seven large high schools. Such a school would potentially compete for students with arts-oriented charter high schools, the inter-district arts high school downtown and the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley.

 

Steve Brandt • 612-673-4438

Twitter: @brandtstrib

  • Minneapolis SCHOOLS: PROPOSED CHANGES

    Expansions: Space added to Southwest High, Seward Montessori and a K-8 school at a reopened Cooper.

    New programs: Audition-entrance performing arts high school at Wilder building. Grade 6-12 campus at Ramsey Middle School-Washburn High School. All-day kindergarten at Barton, Burroughs, Kenny, Hale, Lake Harriet. New Somali immigrant-focused introductory school at Sullivan. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) at Cityview and Wilder. First-generation college prep program for grades 9-16 at Tuttle. Community school and Spanish immersion program split at Sheridan. Beefed-up media-communications program and possible second program at North. Howe and Sanford Middle school share space and programs.

    Renovations: Sheridan, North High, Hiawatha, Wilder and near the Davis Center for early childhood education expansion. At 2225 E. Lake St. (Brown building) for Transition Plus program for older special ed students and some adult basic education students. At Franklin for reopened middle school.

    Moves: Shifts Pierre Bottineau French Immersion to Cityview. Broadway teen mother program to North. Mastery charter school to Lincoln. Transition Plus to 2225 E. Lake St. and Longfellow.

    Grade change: Lucy Laney from K-8 to K-5, feeding with Bethune to Franklin.

    Feeder change: Downtown students shift from southwest schools to northeast schools. Spanish immersion programs at Emerson, Windom and Sheridan feed to Anwatin Middle/Roosevelt High School. New Northside Achievement Zone attendance area.

    STEVE BRANDT

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