Attendance boundary changes made in wake of referendum passage
Some 38,000 students attend Anoka-Hennepin schools, coming from 13 communities that make up the district. Every day, more and more of these students are attending school in the northern portion of the district, in the rapidly growing areas of Blaine and Ramsey. About two-thirds of the district’s schools, however, are in in the southern portion of the district.
November 2017, voters in Anoka-Hennepin agreed to invest in the district and its students through the passage of the Fit for the Future referendum. This plan includes the promise to construct two new elementary schools in Blaine and Ramsey where populations are significantly growing and to create additional classroom space at some existing schools to make way for growth and portable classroom removal. Safe and secure learning environments will result districtwide.
Now, with construction beginning on many projects and the new schools expected to open for the 2019-20 school year, the School Board has taken the next step: attendance boundary changes.
Attendance boundary changes were made at the Sept. 24 School Board meeting impacting district elementary schools, and the middle schools in Blaine and Coon Rapids, to balance student enrollment all across the district with new and existing space. These new attendance boundaries will go into effect the 2019-20 school year.
With or without the referendum, attendance boundary changes were going to be needed — information which was shared often during the referendum election last fall. Now though, with the referendum results, there’s more classroom space to work with — specifically where it’s needed, in Blaine and Ramsey.