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Ada-Borup School District #2854

Contact:

Shawn Yates

Address:

604 West Thorpe

City, State & Zip:

Ada, MN 56510

Telephone:

(218) 784-5310

Fax:

(218) 784-3475

Email:

shawny@ada.k12.mn.us

Website:

www.ada.k12.mn.us/

Description:

As you drive into Ada from the west on Highway 200, you can't help but notice the beautiful new Ada-Borup High School that welcomes you to town. Comprised of 115,000 square feet of pure state of the art technology, this new school is much more than an attractive and impressive structure it is undoubtedly one of the most high tech, first class learning facilities in the state of Minnesota.

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Everyone in this area knows that Ada was the victim of a once in a lifetime flood that struck the community in the spring of 1997. When the old high school building was damaged beyond repair, administration and staff quickly put the wheels in motion to secure that the community continued to be the home of quality education. As a result, hard fought grant funds obtained from the federal and state governments in excess of $19 million for temporary facilities, a bus garage, athletic field, and new high school enabled the district to plan for a facility that will serve the community well into the 21st century without putting a heavy burden on the local taxpayers. This new school will enable the district to offer a wide range of educational and extra curricular activities that will further compliment a district already well know as one of the finest in the state by it's peers. The entire high school has been wired for the Internet with computers and TVs in every classroom. It also boasts a fully automated library with scanners, and the student to computer ratio is nearly 1 to 1, with 225 computers for 270 students. The school offers an alternative learning program that is offered to the community as well as other school districts for students who have had a difficult time with graduation standards. In addition, the school can accommodate several activities within the building at the same time, such as theatre in its outstanding 500 seat fine art performing center, ball games in the new gym, practice sessions in the elementary gym as well as several community and adult education classes. The school is also unique in that it is heated with geo thermal heal and both the elementary and the high school are completely air conditioned for student comfort.

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The district serves central Norman County within three separate school buildings. Kindergarten through fourth grade are housed in a twenty year old facility in Ada which ahs been completely updated with classroom air conditioning, new carpeting, a new wood gym floor and anew sprinkler system. The 5th and 6th grades use the elementary building in Borup, Minnesota, eight miles south of Ada. This building was also completely remodeled in the summer of 1996. A new wood floor was installed in the gym, all the classrooms were updated and a new computer lab with 25 IBM computers was installed, each classroom has a computer workstation area with a least 4 machines in each room. Grades 7 through 12th are schooled in the new building in Ada.

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The Ada-Borup Elementary School, which received the Distinguished Minnesota School of Excellence Award in 1995, boasts a student to computer ratio of 1 machine for every 2.5 students. The elementary school also boasts an instructor to student ratio of 1:17.45 in grades K-3 and a ratio of 1:22.8 in grades 4-6. A two-year average on the Iowa basic skill test shows Ada-Borup students surpassing the State of Minnesota Average at all grade levels on the total composite score. A new Early Childhood Center has been built in collaboration with the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council. Classes are offered for children ages?0 -?5 and a learning readiness class is offered for those student who will be eligible for Kindergarten in the fall.

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In this day and age when safety is foremost on most parents' minds, a school system like Ada-Borup is where parents know the teachers by their first names and the entire community looks out for one another.

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