“We will be done and ready to move in,” said Principal Dave Lund.
When the school opened 11 years ago, there were 1,700 students enrolled. Now that number has jumped to 2,500, he said.
The addition includes six science classrooms and 12 traditional classrooms, he said, as well as a new fabrication lab, with 3-D printers, laser engravers and vinyl cutters, among other tools.
The “fab lab” is part of a revamped industrial technology department, which will host a new class this fall called Design, Build and Sell: Innovations Inc.
The semester-long class is team taught with teachers from the industrial tech and business departments, and offers students the chance to design, build and market their own products, he said.
The addition also includes an expanded foods lab, because classes in the Family and Consumer Science department have grown quite popular, he said.
Outside the school, Dan Patch Stadium has also gotten a makeover, with new turf, a new track and a fancy new video scoreboard. Students will use the field daily for gym classes, and the large video screen will be great for seeing every student’s face at high school graduation, he said.
For years, the school couldn’t hire new staff because there were no classrooms for them. Including retirements and resignations, there will be 15 new staff members this year, including nine teachers and a counselor.
Principal: Benjamin Fisher
This year, the school will join a new athletic conference, the Southern Confederacy Conference, said Principal Benjamin Fisher. Previously, Randolph was a part of the Gopher Conference.
The high school has one new concurrent enrollment class with Inver Hills Community College — precalculus.
Principal: John Wollersheim
This year marks 50 years that Rosemount High School has been in the same building. The school hopes to host an event to celebrate on Nov. 8, exactly 50 years after the school’s first open house, said Principal John Wollersheim.
Like other schools in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district, Rosemount is participating in a pilot program to test one-to-one mobile devices. Four teachers at Rosemount are taking part; their classes will get iPad Minis.