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Parkview expansion project proceeds

Construction work is scheduled to start in November on an addition that will add more than 13,000 square feet of space and eight new classrooms at the rapidly growing Parkview Elementary School.

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board reviewed plans on Monday for a project meant to ease crowding at a school where enrollment is expected to top 1,000 by the 2017-18 school year. The expansion will also include remodeling to expand kitchen and storage space and improve the school’s multi-purpose room.

The tight quarters at Parkview are part of a growing issue in the southeast part of the district. That’s the part of the district where growth is happening now, and with projects like UMore Park in Rosemount on the horizon that seems unlikely to change anytime soon. That means the district can’t solve crowding at Parkview by shifting a few students over to Rosemount Elementary.

The planned addition at Parkview will attach new classroom and hallway space to the northwest corner of the building. Architect Scott McQueen said new hallway space will also improve circulation in the building.

The project will also include improvements in the kitchen as well as increased freezer and cooler capacity and expanded dry storage.

All told, the project will cost an estimated $4,216,050. The current schedule calls for work to be done by the end of July next year.

The addition of the new classrooms will force the relocation of the school’s playground. The project will also include expansion of the school’s two parking lots to improve traffic flow.

Superintendent Jane Berenz said the expansion is needed.

“The kids are coming,” she said. “This will be well used once we have it built.”

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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