Wenonah Community School Considers Moving Third-Graders

Updated: 11/27/2012 9:18 PM KSTP.com By: Tim Sherno

The Wenonah Community School in Minneapolis may see its third graders moved to Keewaydin Community School campus.

Wenonah Principal Beth Ness says the school is outgrowing its space, "We're seeing an increase in enrollment at the Wenonah Campus. Typically we have around 290, 310, and right now we have 328 students."

Some parents have expressed concerns over mixing third graders with other students in eighth grade, but Ness says if the plan moves forward younger students would be in a different space and that third-grade students would have their own wing at their new school.

Keewaydin Principal Martha Spriggs says a construction project will be finished in time for the third graders to start the next school year in a new space, "We're expanding the building. We're adding 8 or 9 new classrooms. We're adding an auditorium. We're adding a new art room, a new music space and a really nice gym."

The district held a open-house meeting to hear concerns from parents Tuesday evening at the Keewaydin Community School.