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The foundation is complete and walls are going up on what will become the nineteenth elementary school in District 196 when it opens in fall 2017 at the southwest corner of County Road 46 and Diamond Path in Lakeville. A recommendation establishing an attendance area for the new school will be presented to the School Board October 24 and the district has announced the timeline for hiring a principal and a process for naming the new school by the end of the calendar year.

The recommendation to reconfigure the elementary attendance areas comes from a task force of parents and district staff who reviewed enrollment, capacity and demographic data for the potentially impacted schools of Cedar Park, Diamond Path, Highland, Parkview, Rosemount and Shannon Park. The task force then developed a preliminary plan that was presented to the School Board in September and at two community listening sessions the first week in October. The board is expected to vote on the final recommendation Nov. 14. The approved attendance areas will go into effect beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

The principal position for the new school was posted Oct. 17 and will remain open through Nov. 4. Interviews will be conducted in mid-November, with selection of the principal expected the week of Nov. 21.

For naming the new school, the district is seeking the public’s help. Name suggestions will be accepted through Nov. 11 by submitting them on the district website at www.District196.org or by mailing them to: District 196 Superintendent’s Office, 3455 153rd St. W., Rosemount, MN 55068. The district does not allow schools to be named after people. The new elementary is located at the intersection where the cities of Apple Valley, Rosemount, Lakeville and Empire Township all meet.

Names submitted before the Nov. 11 deadline will be reviewed by administration and a selected group of names will be forwarded to a committee of parents from the five elementary schools contributing parts of their attendance areas to the new school’s attendance area. The committee will forward a recommendation to the School Board, which is expected to select the name at its Dec. 12 regular meeting.

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