Mpls. Schools to Make $140M Change to Handle Enrollment

Updated: 12/11/2013 7:46 AM By: Jay Kolls

The Minneapolis School Board is changing enrollment plans, which includes re-opening some schools and expanding others. 

This would be the biggest shift in enrollment strategies for Minneapolis Public Schools in more than five years, and the total cost to get the plan in place by 2017 would be $140 million.

One of the more contentious issues is the idea of expanding Southwest High School at a cost of $47 million.

Some parents told the school board Tuesday night that there are some parts of the district that receives better treatment with extra programs and newer facilities while low-income neighborhoods in other parts of the District suffer.

The head of the School Board, Alberto Monseratte, tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, "I hear the concerns loud and clear, and we will make sure every part of the district is treated fairly with the expansion."

Monseratte says this is the biggest and most comprehensive plan the district has had in five years, and he says it will take until 2017 to finish all of it.