Preparing for a new school year always offers a fresh start. That is especially true this fall in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. Dozens of construction projects are wrapping up, as teachers and staff get ready to welcome students back.
At Coon Rapids Middle School, a major renovation will make room for a growing student body. This summer, the school's lower level was completely remodeled to help accommodate about 450 more students, 42 additional teachers and nearly 30 extra support staff.
The change was prompted by new school boundaries, which aim to place all students destined for Coon Rapids High School together during their middle school years. Hundreds of students formerly slated for Northdale switch to Coon Rapids Middle School this fall.
Building renovations include six new lower level classrooms, a new fitness room, two new music spaces upstairs, gender neutral bathrooms, teacher lockers and collaboration rooms on each floor, flexible learning spaces, an expanded special education department and two additional parking areas.