Southwest and the Minneapolis Public Schools celebrate the continuing growth of students enrolled in the schools. This has been a gradual process and the increase has been monitored through the elementary grades.
Southwest will under go a fabulous expansion during the 2015-16 school year. The new construction will be the creation of a three-story building over what is now known as the link. As the construction happens school will continue.
Plans are being made to provide a quality education experience during construction. One of the considerations is an extended schedule - building to 9 or 10 periods in a regular day. The easy way to think about it is a zero hour around 7 am and then an 8th or 9th period at the end of the day. Students would attend 6 or 7 periods but will start and stop and different times during the day.
For seniors and juniors this could be excellent opportunities for sports to begin earlier or to go out and get that job due to be available at different hours. The Metro Go-Card makes a flexible schedule possible since transportation is individualized. The Metro buses run throughout the day very 10 to 15 minutes.
Southwest will continue to work with families. Keeping brothers and sisters together may be necessary for some families. For many families the earlier and later hours could be a benefit to adult working hours and other family needs.
Nothing has been decided at this time. The matter is a continuing conversation. Leadership Council will be involved and updates will continue in the Southwest Weekly Bulletin.
Your thoughts, comments and ideas are always welcome.