Update: Media centers, other improvements continue as Fit for the Future projects move into the final phase of the six-year plan
(07/08/2022) The Fit for the Future plan, which was supported by voters in 2017 when the community approved a request for new funding to make the plan happen, promised to create safe and secure learning environments by removing all portable classrooms across the district, construct additional schools and classroom space, provide solutions for maintaining quality schools at every building in the district, and address class sizes at every level.
Many of the major projects were completed at the start of the 2019-20 school year, including the opening of Brookside Elementary School in Ramsey and Sunrise Elementary School in Blaine.
Also as part of the Fit for the Future plan, all district schools are beginning to see a number of science, media center, and special education improvements being implemented. Those projects are scheduled to be completed during the 2024-25 school year.
Sites receiving media center updates this summer include Adams, Andover, Crooked Lake, Evergreen Park, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Monroe, Morris Bye and Sand Creek elementary schools, as well as Anoka Middle School for the Arts - Washington Campus, Jackson and Roosevelt middle schools.
In the summer of 2023, the following schools will receive media center updates: Dayton, Eisenhower, Hoover, Johnsville, McKinley, Mississippi, Oxbow Creek, Ramsey, Rum River, University, Wilson elementary schools and Coon Rapids, Oak View and Northdale middle schools.
The District is pursuing other improvement projects that are not funded through the Fit for the Future referendum. Classroom additions are on the schedule for the summer of 2023 at Sunrise Elementary and River Trail Learning Center at L.O. Jacob.
Community members may also see capital projects happening at school buildings and outdoor athletic facilities across the district.
Last summer, all five Anoka-Hennepin stadiums received updates of the playing surface after the installation of synthetic turf fields. The second phase of that plan included the installation of five synthetic turf practice fields at each high school, and those projects are currently underway at all five schools.
The new synthetic turf facilities will provide increased access for school curriculum and activities, a reduction in the need for alternative facility rentals and an increased opportunity for revenue through field rentals to offset costs. Schools will also have the ability to host MSHSL state tournaments in which synthetic turf fields are required.
Take a look at some of the work being done:
- Anoka Middle School for the Arts - Washington Campus: construction continues on the remodeling of the cafeteria as well as the construction of the new gymnasium.
- Coon Rapids Middle School: work continues on the addition of classrooms, including science labs with improved and appropriate technology.
- Jackson Middle School: media center is getting an upgrade.
- Blaine High School: installation of the synthetic turf practice field is underway and softball fields are being relocated to make space for the new turf.
- Champlin Park High School: installation of the synthetic turf practice field is underway.
- Roosevelt Middle School: media center upgrades are underway.
- Andover High School: installation of the synthetic turf practice field is ongoing.
- Crooked Lake Elementary School: media center improvements and HVAC projects (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) are underway.
- Madison Elementary School: media center improvements and HVAC projects are underway.
- Hamilton Elementary School: media center improvements and HVAC projects are underway.
- Sand Creek Elementary School: media center improvements and HVAC projects are currently underway.
View details on current and ongoing projects and a timeline for completion. Visit ahschools.us/FitForTheFuture for more information.