A New Lake Elmo Elementary
A successful bond would provide funds to replace Lake Elmo Elementary (originally built in 1920) with a larger, modern facility on a 47 acre site located on the northwest corner of Lake Elmo Avenue and 10th Street North. (Purchase of the land is contingent on passage of the bond.)
Why a new Lake Elmo Elementary?
- Lake Elmo Elementary is already near capacity and enrollment is expected to grow by more than 200 students in the next 10 years
- Lake Elmo Elementary is more than 100 years old and has significant deferred maintenance needs
- The traditional-style building is outdated and doesn’t meet the needs of today’s learners
- The gymnasium and cafeteria are undersized for the student population
- There are no flexible learning spaces for large group or small group activities. Kids often receive one-on-one help with things like math or reading in busy hallways.
- There is limited specialist spaces for music, art, media, physical education
- The current campus is undersized and its location on a busy highway makes access difficult for buses and parent drop-off/pickup
- Per the Minnesota Department of Education guidelines, the school should have a 17-22 acre site but currently sits on just 12.8 acres
Did You Know? Lake Elmo is the fastest growing city in Minnesota
What a new school would provide:
- More room to co-locate Lake Elmo and Amigos Unidos in a single 1,100 student campus
- Increased capacity to address future growth within the community
- Room to expand enrollment in the Amigos Unidos Dual Language Spanish Immersion
- Full ADA (American Disabilities Act) accessibility
- Designated specialist spaces for music, media, art and special education
- Larger gymnasium, cafeteria and other community/gathering spaces
- Flexible learning spaces and modern learning environments
- Larger campus with more playing fields and green space and improved/safer traffic flow
- Located further south; closer to the population center along Interstate 94
School has changed
Since Lake Elmo was built in 1920, a lot has changed. Modern schools are designed to adapt to meet the needs of every individual student. They include things like:
Small group spaces
Private spaces for kids to receive one-to-one support
Large group presentation areas
The district has entered into a purchase agreement for a 47 acre site on corner of Lake Elmo Avenue and 10th St. N.
in Lake Elmo.
The purchase is contingent on the passage of the bond.