MINNEAPOLIS - A few years ago, schools were closing in the Minneapolis Public School District. Now officials want to reopen several to meet growing demand.
It is part of a five year proposed plan that would open seven schools and renovate or add on to others.
School officials have held a number of listening sessions and plan to hold several more in the coming weeks, with the school board slated to vote on the plan next month.
The plan would create a ripple effect with 1 in 4 students impacted; some may be moved to different schools.
Enrollment is projected to increase by 3,000 students over the next five years and school administration believes something needs to be done.
"We just want to be proactive about it. We know things are already a little tight so this gives us some capacity going right away since we have buildings that we have to get back online," said project manager LeAnn Dow.
While parents welcome some of the changes and improvements, they have concerns about shifting students and wonder how schools were chosen for improvements.
"We are concerned about our own schools that have been on these improvement lists for many years but they're not up here," said one parent who referenced a list at Thursday's listening session located at Northrup Elementary School.
There are upcoming listening sessions planned next week and a number of others in the works that would reach out to minority groups who use English as their second language.
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