The Minneapolis Board of Education on Dec. 10 voted to approve the school district’s five-year enrollment plan that strengthens schools through enrollment strategies. The plan will create an additional 4,800 student seats districtwide through fall 2018.
“This is an exciting time for Minneapolis Public Schools,” said Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent of schools. “Our schools are growing and our five-year enrollment plan will allow us to serve more students while strengthening academic programs districtwide. This is great news for the school district and the city.”
Under the plan, five new schools will open: Cooper (3239 44th Ave. S.), Cityview (3350 N. 4th St.), Webster (425 NE 5th St.), Wilder (3345 Chicago Ave. S.) and Franklin (410 15th Ave. N.). Building additions or renovations will create additional space at Sanford, Southwest and Seward.
The plan also strengthens zone-specific and district-wide pathways; provides a stronger foundation for schools in neighborhood communities; and strengthens magnet and IB programs, arts and world language offerings through additional financial resources to adequately support program development and implementation. Additionally, the plan expands services in areas such as early childhood, new-to-country student support and providing Go-To bus passes for out-of-district students attending undersubscribed high schools.
Previous versions of the plan were presented to the school board and community in September and November. MPS heard input from over 1,400 people through community Listening Sessions and emails during the development of the recommended plan and made revisions to the multiple versions based on community feedback. Additional community engagement will be ongoing throughout each year of the plan’s implementation.