Linwood Monroe Arts Plus - School Design Committee

Summary information on the Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School construction project is also provided in Hmong, Karen, Somali and Spanish (see English).

Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, a dual PreK-8 campus, is starting the design process for building renovations that is based on SPPS’ 10‐year Facilities Master Plan (FMP) to ensure its school buildings are able to meet the 21st century learning needs of students.


  • Project scope:

    • Adding 3-story addition next to the current building for additional learning spaces to accommodate the move of prekindergarten and grade 4 from Monroe to Linwood to provide more aligned academic support.
    • Renovating existing classrooms for equity in size.

    Variance(s): Lot coverage and building height; approved by the St. Paul City Council on April 19, 2017 (A copy of the SPPS' variance application is also available for viewing).

    Break ground: Summer 2017; Completion: Fall 2018

    A list of frequently asked questions from the April 21, 2016, Linwood community meeting is also available for review.

    To help inform the renovations, we have formed a School Design Committee made up of district and academic leaders, teachers, students, families, community members and key partners. Through the guidance of a Steering Committee, the School Design Committee will be collaborating with architects and engineers on the concept design for the project.To provide input on the renovations, the School Design Committee will participate in four workshops.

    LINWOOD - CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE (subject to change)

    Pease expect increased traffic, noise and parking restrictions:

    June 2017: Construction begins, footings and foundation installed at Linwood (Monroe construction takes place during the summers of 2017 and 2018)

    June 13, 2017: Linwood’s existing playground will be dismantled by volunteers from Kids Around the World so the playground equipment can be repurposed and recycled for use in a developing country.

    September-October 2017: Linwood will lead sessions with the school and community to design its playground structures; exact date to be determined

    September-December 2017: Linwood building exterior shell erected

    Spring 2018: Linwood addition completed

    Summer 2018: Linwood interior renovations begins along with exterior site work and landscaping

    Late August 2018: Monroe and Linwood projects completed; new Linwood playground  completed


    Click here for the Linwood/Lower Educational Adequacy Assessment (1/9/17)

    Click here for the Linwood/Lower site plan with revised first floor (updated 1/24/17)

    Linwood Floor Plans



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For questions about the School Design Committee, contact the school’s main office at 651-293-8690.

Have you heard about the FMP?

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