On a day when the temperature hovers in the teens, crews in Plymouth toil away in the cold, building new houses to accommodate the families who want to call the area "home."
"There is continued growth all the way through that northern, northwest part of Plymouth," said Kristin Tollison, Wayzata's director of administrative services. "Corcoran has a robust growth within our school district"
Tollison says all the growth is putting pressure on the district's building capacity. For instance, Meadow Ridge Elementary just opened in September, and on day one, it was already too small.
"One of the things that our community has a lot of pride in is our class sizes, and I think one of the things we don't want to do is go to a place where we're increasing and compromising class sizes," Tollison said. "I think that's something that everybody feels strongly about."
To avoid large class sizes, a 25-person committee, consisting of representatives of the schools and the community at-large, decided that the district should build another elementary school - and do it as soon as possible.
"Their concern was the continued growth in the northern part of Plymouth, the Corcoran area, they really wanted to make sure that we didn't overfill our current facilities, waiting for another school," Tollison said.
If the superintendent and school board agree, it would require the voters to approve a referendum to generate the revenue for construction. The committee hopes this happens sooner rather than later.
"As soon as we get going, the better it would be for everybody involved," Tollison said.
The Wayzata school superintendent will make his formal recommendation on the new elementary school to the school board on Feb. 13.
Feb. 2, 2017