Anoka-Hennepin Schools Outlines Prospective Boundary Changes

February 20, 2018 10:20 PM

The Anoka-Hennepin School District is proposing big changes to its school boundaries that could affect thousands of its' students.

A spokesman said the district is growing rapidly and more families are moving into the North Metro and places that used to be open land have been turned into housing developments. 

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That growth, to 38,000 students, drove the new boundaries that a task force recommended to the school board. 

The district revealed those boundaries, which would take effect for the 2019-20 school year, to the public on Tuesday.

Ramsey Elementary is one of the schools that will be affected.  Jim Skelly, communications director for the district, said over the past few years, kindergartners have been diverted to other campuses.

"Conditions in buildings across the district have become overcrowded," he said.

Voters approved a $250 million dollar referendum last November.  It set aside money to build two new schools in Ramsey and Blaine, where they are needed most.  Angela and Chad Siebertson voted in favor of the construction.  Their two daughters attend third grade at Ramsey Elementary.  It's close to their home, which they like. However, they're not fans of the large class sizes.

The district estimates about 4,500 students district wide would be shuffled. 

RELATED: Anoka-Hennepin School District to Ask Voters for Nearly $250 Million

Find out more about those construction projects here.

The district plans to do away with portable classrooms, saying it believes having children under one roof make schools safer. 

The district comprises 26 elementary schools, six middle schools and five high schools.

None of the high schools will be affected. 

The boundaries are not a done deal.

The district will roll out several community engagement meetings for parents to provide feedback between now and April to help shape a final plan for boundaries.  The meeting dates are listed on the district's website. 

The School Board is scheduled to vote in the fall. 

 

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