Ceremony to Mark Opening of Minnehaha Academy's Temporary Home

September 04, 2017 07:33 AM

Minnehaha Academy students, parents, and staff will come together on Monday, more than a month after a deadly explosion leveled part of the school's upper campus.

The group will be celebrating the start of the school year for high school students with the opening of their new temporary facility, the former Brown College campus in Mendota Heights.

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A few weeks ago, 400 students and staff were unsure about where they would be having class.

With Monday night’s ribbon cutting and prayer, they'll get acquainted with the building that could be their new home for a couple of years.

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Some construction has been underway for weeks to get the former Brown College campus ready for Minnehaha Academy's ninth through 12th grades.

In its two wings and common space, students will have access to a cafeteria, a chapel, and science labs. They will, however, have to get by without lockers and a traditional gym space.

An interim use permit was expedited and unanimously approved by the city council here a couple of weeks ago. The two-year lease gives the academy flexibility, as the re-build timeline for the upper campus building is still up in the air.

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"I was moved by the heartfelt expressions of welcome by Mayor Garlock and members of the city council,” Minnehaha Academy President Donna Harris, Ph.D., said. “We look forward to getting to know our neighbors and making positive contributions to our community while in our temporary home."

The ceremony kicks off Monday at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, the NTSB is still investigating last month's explosion that left two staff members dead and nine others injured.

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