An enrollment surge is changing the nature of the classrooms in the Greenway School District.
At last week’s school board meeting, directors approved a two-year lease agreement for four modular classrooms with Modular Space Corporation. The portable classrooms will add 4,675 square feet of space. The classrooms will house physical therapy, music programming, art programming and other programming as well as first grade classroom space, Vandyke Principal Sue Hoeft told the board.
Superintendent Mark Adams said the district was entering its third year of “bubble” enrollment. In 2012, the district closed space at Connor-Jasper Middle School in Bovey and moved to a K-12 campus, which includes Vandyke and Greenway High School.
Enrollment trended significantly downward between the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years going from a total student count of 1,080 in the former to 1,047 during the latter. Numbers, however, began to rebound in 2012-2013 with 1,057 students enrolled, according to figures from the Minnesota Department of Education.
Increased enrollment “certainly has made a positive impact on the school district,” Adams told the board. “The need for portables is a short-term solution to a long-term issue.”
The portable classroom leasing agreement carries a total cost of $213,510, according to preliminary estimates. Grant funding from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board will help offset site work and other costs.
District administration plans to have the portables in place by the start of the 2014-15 school year.