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Are school building improvements being evenly distributed across the district?

Are school building improvements being evenly distributed across the district?

Our district has been committed to investing in our school buildings in an equitable manner. The graph below shows investments by city from 2018 to today, including Building a Better Future school building projects. As you can see from the graph, Brooklyn Park will receive about $2 million more than Maple Grove.

Please note: Major school building renovations or additions cannot be resourced through the maintenance fund. Only like for like changes can be made per Minnesota law (a playground for that same style playground). Building a Better Future, Phase utilizes the maintenance fund dollars, as able by law, in conjunction with the bond. The combined efforts lessens the burden on community members. 

Note: There is one district school in Brooklyn Center and two in the city of Osseo. 

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Building a Better Future will be adding outdoor classrooms to remaining elementary and middle schools. Currently there are outdoor classrooms at Zanewood Community: A STEAM School, Rice Lake Elementary School and Brooklyn Middle STEAM School. 

Brooklyn Middle STEAM School uses their outdoor classroom all year long, including for science, math, English, art and physical education classes. They've also invited in special guest speakers and held community meetings and schoolwide celebrations in the space.

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The safety and security of our students, staff and community is the highest priority of the district. The approved technology levy is funding the technology needed for safety and security improvements at district schools. The bond will be addressing safety and security needs in relation to the physical school buildings. This includes improvements to the entrances at Maple Grove, Osseo and Park Center Senior High Schools and additional safety/security enhancements at all schools in order to meet district standards as well as the latest safety/security best practices. 

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Social-emotional supports help scholars learn to get along with others, which is critical to success in school, life and work. Scholars then effectively apply their knowledge, attitudes and skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Research shows that the presence of social-emotional supports enhances academic performance and reduces classroom disruptions.

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