Grand Rapids Elementary Schools in Need of Upgrades

Task Force Looks to Find Best Plan to Improve City's Four Elementary Schools

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – All four elementary schools in Grand Rapids are feeling cramped and outdated for many in the community.

In 2015, an $80 million referendum to build two new elementary schools was voted down, and school district officials say, over the last two years, conditions have only gotten worse.

A taskforce is now looking into how to best upgrade the schools, and they hope to have a plan in place by June 1st.

“We really don’t have any agenda as far as what this is going to look like,” says Mindy Nuhring, co-chair of the Elementary Facilities Taskforce. “They could remodel all four buildings, they could build three, they could build two, they could build one. It’s up to the community. They’re going to have to look at what they need, what the community wants from the elementary schools, and they’re going to have to build a plan from there.”

For anyone interested in offering their input, the taskforce has their next meeting on April 3rd at 5:30 p.m. at Itasca Community College.

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