Fridley Public Schools welcomed back over 3,000 students during the first days of school on September 5-6, 2017. Many students returned to school to renovated learning spaces, facilities, and for the Area Learning Center students, a completely new location.
Starting off the school year, Fridley Public Schools debuted new parent and bus drop-off and pick-up locations at both Fridley Middle School and Stevenson Elementary School. As part of the levy referendum that was passed by the community in 2015, the district relocated and enhanced the drop-off and pick-up areas to ensure a safer environment for students.
Also part of the referendum, Fridley Middle School saw many upgrades and improvements over the summer. These renovations included a new gym, renovated classrooms, enhanced safety and security features and more. The district also relocated its Area Learning Center school. The school was relocated from its former home at the Fridley Community Center and is now operating in its own space at the district’s Educational Services Center.
Stevenson Elementary students were in for a pleasant surprise on their first day when Principal Daryl Vossler unveiled the brand new playground. They could barely contain their excitement when he announced that six more swings would be added within the next few weeks of school.
On September 5, fifth graders were welcomed into Fridley Middle School and freshmen began their high school careers with an orientation day filled with activities and games facilitated by the Fridley Link Crew. Pre-kindergarteners, kindergarteners and the remainder of middle and high school students started classes on September 6.