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Construction Update – August 31

New renderings available

During Open House on Monday, August 27, families and staff were able to get a glimpse of the construction upgrades that will take place at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM and Earle Brown Elementary. Click here to view images for BCS. Click here to view images for EBE.

Exterior image of BCS

Background

Last November, voters in Brooklyn Center Community Schools approved two funding requests. The first question will increase Brooklyn Center School District’s operating levy by providing an additional $210 per student annually for school operations. This funding will help the district improve classroom instruction, expand teacher training and replace aging buses. The second question will provide $29.9 million in construction funds to increase and remodel classroom spaces, improve school security, provide separate entrances and classroom areas for middle school and high school students and address deferred maintenance needs.

The combined voter-approved funding from both requests will help the school district:

  • Improve instruction for all students in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM)
  • Expand teacher training to improve academic achievement
  • Increase academic opportunities for all students
  • Replace aging buses to ensure safe and reliable student transportation
  • Add classroom space for our increasing enrollment and growing pre-kindergarten program
  • Improve school safety by designing secure building entrances
  • Remodel existing classrooms to better support learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM)
  • Create separate areas for middle school and high school students at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School
  • Address deferred maintenance at both Earle Brown Elementary and Brooklyn Center Middle and High School

 The operating levy increase request was in response to state funding that has not kept up with inflation or increasing educational costs. This will be the district’s first levy increase in more than 15 years. The construction funds request was due to increasing enrollment, academic changes and aging buildings that have led to safety, academic, crowding and deferred maintenance needs in the schools. The last time voters approved construction (bond) funding was in 2001.