CHERRY - An Iron Range school that was on the verge of closing just a few years ago is now looking at expanding.
“It’s a big change going from worrying about not having enough students to not having enough room for our students,” expressed Cherry dean of students Kristen Cooper.
Oddly enough, in Cherry, the largest class size in the district is kindergarten with 43 students.
The recession hit the Iron Range hard, but now more people are moving into the Cherry area and the school district is seeing boost in enrollment.
With more students, the school needs more space.
The school board voted to send a $3 million dollar expansion plan for eight additional classrooms to the Minnesota Department of Education.
Four years ago, Cherry had a total of 312 students.
This year, that number has jumped to 453 which is a 45 percent increase.
“We've had steady increases the last few years since we've remodeled our building,” Cooper explained.
According to the school board, property taxes will go up slightly about 50 cents a month to help pay for the new classrooms.
The Department of Education will review the request from Cherry and have a response in two months.
After recommendations have been looked at, the Cherry School Board will vote on a plan and hopefully have the new classrooms ready to go for fall 2014.