Jan 8, 2011
Howe Elementary, in the Longfellow neighborhood, has sat vacant for 6 years.
Minneapolis Public Schools is currently proposing that it be torn down, costing the district at least $700K. What many of us would like instead is for the building to be sold to a charter school. Not only would this make the district money, it would add more high-quality, free education in our area.
In the past the Minneapolis Public Schools have been very anti-charter school, but the new board—our elected officials—seem to be listening!
There is a petition you can sign to say that you’d like to see the district consider selling the building to another school. Currently, the total is around 365. Recently, several Minneapolis residents who live right by Howe met with two of the school board members and the board members were open-minded, but they’d like to see more signatures.
If you live in Minneapolis and it seems like a good idea to you to preserve the Howe Elementary building, save the district some money, and add to South Minneapolis’s available education, would you please sign the online petition?
And if you’re really feeling civically-minded, perhaps you’d show the petition to your Minneapolis friends as well.
If you’d like to know more or voice your opinion, there will be a community meeting to discuss the future of Howe Elementary on January 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Sanford Middle School.
Thank you very much! …Now, back to regular programming.
Update: Here are some shots of the interior
From Naomi Kritzer’s Flickr…
These make it all the more surprising to me that tearing this building down is being considered.
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