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School board approves addition of classrooms at Brookview 

 

Eight new classrooms will be added onto Brookview Elementary School in Woodbury to help address overcrowding in the southern portion of the district. 

Design work for the project will begin immediately, with construction to start later this summer and continue into the fall. The new addition will be ready for students sometime mid-year 2021-2022 or for the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

Brookview, which opened in 2017, was built with expansion in mind. An addition has been discussed numerous times over the past several years, and was identified as a top-priority by the Community Design Team as part of a long-range facilities planning process in 2019-2020. 

Even with the addition, the district will still face space constraints at both Brookview and Lake Elmo Elementary schools as a result of growth in those two communities. This fall, a committee will consider adjustments to school attendance boundaries to better balance enrollment between all 7 of the district’s elementary schools. Any boundary changes approved by the school board would be implemented for the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

The school board voted on April 8,2021 to utilize a lease levy option not to exceed $7.2 million to fund the expansion. The project is expected to cost a district taxpayer with an average priced home less than $15 per year. That amount could be further reduced with proceeds from the sale of other district properties.

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