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ON ANOKA-HENNEPIN SCHOOLS
Construction on district’s Fit for the
Future projects set to begin
Work on new elementary schools in Blaine and Ramsey to begin in
May; major projects at all five high schools to begin by September.
when it counts
A rendering from ATS&R, the architecture firm designing Anoka-Hennepin's new elementary schools in Blaine and Ramsey. The schools will be identical
to two other district elementary schools: Rum River Elementary School in Andover, and Oxbow Creek Elementary School in Brooklyn Park.
With the snow finally melted, Anoka-Hennepin is set to
begin construction on a number of major projects to make
the district Fit for the Future.
By mid-May, construction will have begun on two new
elementary schools — one in Ramsey and the other in
Blaine — and by September, work will begin on classroom
additions and other renovations at each of the district’s
five high schools (Andover, Anoka, Blaine, Champlin Park,
and Coon Rapids).
“All of these projects — it’s huge for the district,” said
Chuck Holden, Anoka-Hennepin’s chief operations officer.
“The process to get here has taken a number of years,
and we’re very excited to kick this off.”
The Fit for the Future plan, which was backed by voters
last November when the community overwhelmingly
approved a request for new funding to make the projects
happen, will create safe and secure learning environments
by removing all portable classrooms across the district,
construct additional schools and classroom space, provide
solutions for maintaining quality schools at every building
in the district, and address class sizes at all levels.
“The support our community shows for our students and
their future is amazing,” said Superintendent David Law.
To kick off the construction work at the new elementary
schools, Anoka-Hennepin held a groundbreaking ceremo-
ny on May 8 at the new Ramsey school site, located at
17003 Nowthen Blvd. NW, and another ceremony on May
15 at the new Blaine school site, located at 12576 Lever
St. NE. The city councils of each city, county officials, as
well as School Board members, task force members and
district leaders were invited to the events to help launch
“It’s exciting and none of these projects would be possi-
ble without the support of the community,” Holden said.
“The community deserves a huge thank you.”
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Still looking for fun summer activities and
classes for your kids?
Anoka-Hennepin Community Education offers summer
programming for children in preschool through grade eight.
Visit www.discovercommunityed.com to view
options and register online, or call 763-506-5955.
Most of us have heard the
term “overnight sensation”
used to explain some type of
unexpected success by a per-
son we may have never heard
of or had limited knowledge
of before. It’s like suddenly a
switch was flipped to make
the improbable happen.
Maddie Rooney, the gold
medal winning goalie for the
United States Women’s
Olympic Hockey Team, and a
proud alumni of Andover
High School, could fit in that
category. Without question,
her performance in a pres-
sure-filled shootout situation
made the difference for Team
USA to win Olympic gold.
She had prepared to win and
delivered when it mattered
most, and this all played out
on an international stage.
Highlight reels were shown
across the nation, newspaper
articles followed and the
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