District 621 begins moving programs for all-day K

The Mounds View School District has begun relocating education programs to make way for the transition to free all-day kindergarten next school year.

The relocation of programs at the Snail Lake and Pike Lake education centers are necessary to make room for two kindergarten centers. The district’s six elementary schools will house first through fifth grades starting this fall, and all the district’s kindergarteners will attend classes at the two new centers.

On Friday, the Oak Grove Middle School and Bridges programs moved out of the Snail Lake Education Center in Shoreview to a leased location adjacent to the Wynnsong Theatre on Highway 10 in Mounds View.

Workers will begin preparing the vacated classrooms at Snail Lake for one of the new kindergarten centers. Students who would have attended kindergarten classes at Island Lake and Turtle Lake elementary schools in past years will attend classes at the center at Snail Lake instead.

District 621 director of human services and operations John Ward updated the school board on the Snail Lake relocations and the timeline for future relocations at the Jan. 14 Mounds View Public School Board meeting.

The Oak Grove High School program will also move out of the Snail Lake Education Center to Northeast Youth and Family Services on Lexington Avenue in Shoreview following summer renovations to the facility.

The Adult Education and Adult Learning Center programs currently held at the Pike Lake Education Center in New Brighton will be moved to the Silver View Plaza in Mounds View to make room for a second kindergarten center. Ward told board members the original plan was to move the programs to Silver View Plaza over spring break, but that was seen as too short of a window, so the programs will move after classes end on June 6.

Renovations to the building for the new kindergarten center at Pike Lake will be completed this summer. Kindergarten students who would have attended Bel Air, Pinewood, Sunnyside and Valentine Hills elementaries in past years will attend classes at Pike Lake starting this fall.

District 621 Superintendent Dan Hoverman told the board that everything was moving forward as planned, even under a tight timeline and that in the end, the result would be the programs getting what “they deserve and need.”

Weather related makeup day April 4

Also discussed at the Jan. 14 school board meeting was the addition of a school day to make up for recent snow days.

Due to bitterly cold weather that had classes cancelled on Monday, Jan. 6 and Tuesday, Jan. 7, the Mounds View School Board approved an amendment to this school year’s calendar by adding a makeup day on Friday, April 4. The district had one extra day on the calendar in case of a cancellation, but must make up one day of cancelled classes to meet state statutes. The day was originally scheduled as an off day for students and a day of planning, evaluation, reporting and grading for teachers.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.


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