Anoka-Hennepin is going to bid on two elementary school projects in February. They are both additions to area schools including Wilson Elementary School in Anoka and Johnsville Elementary School in Blaine. If the additions are approved, they will help to handle the expected growth of the area.
With Blaine forecasting about 4,000 new home in the area of Johnsville Elementary, it's necessary to make this expansion. The 4,000 homes are expected to be added over the next 15 years and the school already has record enrollment.
Currently, Johnsville Elementary has 761 students and is expected to be close to 900 students in the next few years.
The Addition for Johnsville Elementary School
The proposed addition for Johnsville Elementary is an 11-classroom, 14,000-square-foot project with more space for students. There will be nine regular classrooms, a special education room and an inquiry room to help add flexibility to the space. Flexible teaching and learning spaces have been emphasized in the area through six other elementary schools and have worked out well for the teachers and students.
Along with these additions, the school will see the art and music classrooms remodeled, along with the kitchen. The kitchen reconfiguration will allow both of the gymnasiums to be used at lunch hours. The front of the school is also schedule to receive a makeover.
The project at Johnsville Elementary is expected to cost about $7 million.
The Addition for Wilson Elementary School
Wilson Elementary is expected to grow, as well. It will see an addition of 10,900 square feet, which will include seven new classrooms. The school will also receive updates to the kitchen. The new space will include an art rom, a music room and the school's playground will be replaced. This project is expected to cost about $6 million.
The district will be bidding out the projects on February 17th and will have a recommendation by February 23rd.