Franklin Elementary repurposing under consideration for 2023-24 school year

  • (07/26/2022) The Anoka-Hennepin School District is considering a plan to repurpose the use of Franklin Elementary School in Anoka due to declining enrollment, available classroom space in neighboring schools and to maximize efficient use of taxpayer dollars.

    The repurposing plan would maintain Franklin as a school facility that would serve students in the Bridges and Pathways special education programs. These students are currently served from leased spaces in shopping malls in Andover and Coon Rapids. Current Franklin attendance area students would attend neighboring elementary schools as determined through the boundary adjustment process this fall and and also remain in the attendance area for Anoka High School and Anoka Middle School for the Arts. 

    Consideration of repurposing Franklin Elementary for use as a special education school is driven by the following factors. 

    • Attendance at Franklin Elementary is currently at 330 students and continues to decline. 
    • The school district is committed to maintaining the schools in the City of Anoka as schools for the long term. 
    • The School District is considering boundary changes for elementary schools which would be in place for the 2023-24 school year.  
    • This overall proposal maintains quality education for all students involved and provides efficient use of taxpayer resources for schools.     

    Families and community members were invited to learn more about future possibilities for Franklin Elementary School and provide feedback at a community meeting scheduled on Wednesday, August 3 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Anoka-Hennepin Schools Educational Service Center, located at 2727 N. Ferry Street in Anoka. If you were unable to attend in person, the meeting was streamed live and is still available to view online:



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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Anoka-Hennepin School District will maintain a list of FAQs generated from feedback received from Franklin Elementary School families, staff, neighbors and community members.

Questions about student and family impacts

  • Why is this being considered now?

  • What school will my student attend in the 2023-24 school year?

  • What happens if my student currently has an in-district transfer to another school in the district?

  • My student is either open enrolled or has an in-district transfer to Franklin, what is likely to happen if the school is repurposed?

  • Is there information online about this issue?

  • What happens to the Franklin name, will that be continued should the facility repurposing take place?

  • Will my child be able to participate in the Anoka Halloween events if they attend other schools?

Questions about future planning

  • What happens next?

  • What will the district do if enrollment growth happens in the Anoka cluster?

  • What about boundary changes for next year? What is the timeline and process for the future?

Transportation questions

  • What are the bell times? How will transportation work?

  • What is the impact of busses and other traffic in the neighborhood if the school is repurposed?

Staffing, school operations and past planning

  • How will Franklin staff be impacted if Franklin Elementary is repurposed?

  • How will Adventures Plus school-age child care programming be impacted if Franklin Elementary is repurposed?

  • What happens to middle school and high school enrollment?

  • What will the process be for open enrollment and in-district transfers?

  • How does the school support transitions for movement of students?