German Immersion School Looks at Expansion
Friday, October 27, 2017 8:50 AM

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The Twin Cities German Immersion School is diving head first into an expansion to accommodate increasing enrollment. In an open letter to parents and the Como community, school director Ted Anderson says the School Board’s Facilities Committee, after examining several options, is planning to expand on the school’s existing site.

School administrator Gael Braddock told District 10’s Land Use Committee the expansion most likely will require extensive renovation or replacement of the old Saint Andrew’s church building. No work is likely until at least fall 2018.

The school opened its Como building in 2013 with an enrollment of about 320. This year, it enrolls more than 525 pupils in kindergarten through 8th grade. It expects to enroll 650 within a few years.

The existing school was built to accommodate 23 class sections and 560 pupils; the school now has 24 class sections and expects to have 27 within three years.
Anderson says the unanticipated growth is primarily the result of unusually high retention rates; in other words, once families enroll in the school, they don’t leave.

District 10 board members and staff meet regularly with school administrators and neighbors to address parking, noise, and congestion concerns surrounding school activities. The discussions already are exploring some potential solutions to additional growth.

The School Board’s Facilities Committee meets monthly; the next meeting is Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in Room 99 of the school, 1031 Como Ave. The meetings are open to the community.

You can read Anderson’s entire letter by downloading the PDF in the right column.

District 10 Como Community Council | 1224 Lexington Pkwy N, Saint Paul, MN 55103 | 651.644.3889 | district10 [at] district10comopark.org

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