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7/11/2016 3:18:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
New Millennium Academy Moves To New Building

Amy Doeun

New Millennium Academy has been serving the communities of Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park for the past 11 years. During that time it has steadily grown. Executive Director Yee Yang said, "I remember when New Millennium Academy was just a conversation between a few people and, now, 11 years later, we are breaking ground on a new building - that is just so amazing!" That was back in September 2015. Since then the school has continued to teach, "fully teach" as one teacher put it, but they have been looking forward to the completion of their new building and the move to their permanent home.

"We just completed our 11th year and this is our third move. This will be our home. We finally have a building, like a normal school would have," said Yang.

Kong Thao of New Millennium said that this is the first time the school will be housed in a community area - the Happy Hollow area of Brooklyn Center. Some notable features of the new building include the playground. The past four years the students have had to use part of a parking lot as a playground. Now they will have a playground. In addition, the school will house a Hmong culture center that will help to facilitate upholding Hmong culture. It has a high school regulation sized gym and a field to play outside.

Amy Erickson the director of teaching and learning said a huge plus for the teachers is, "We will have consistent classrooms. Right now we have a pretty wide variety of classrooms because we had to utilize all our space. It will help support on the teachers. There is also a science lab, art room, and a full library." She added that the teachers hope to utilize the outdoor "green space" for projects and learning. "We will have our own green space," she said enthusiastically.

Mike Vang added that technology will be much different in the new building, "We were not able to bring fiber optics into our current building, but they will have that in the new building. A lot of our teachers have projectors on carts. In the new building the majority of the projectors will be hanging from the ceiling. We are going to have WiFi access points. The classrooms will also have smart boards. Each of the middle school students currently have laptops and that will continue in the new building."

Currently the school is busy preparing to move to their new building at 5105 Brooklyn Boulevard in Brooklyn Center. They will be fully moved by the end of June. Ms. Yang invites the community members to come out and take a tour of the new building. The school is a K-8 school and open for enrollment. The new building can accommodate more than 800 students. The first day for students will be September 6th.

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