Hundreds gather to celebrate Brookview Elementary opening

September 13, 2017
ribbon cutting

Nearly 300 people came together on a beautiful fall evening to celebrate the grand opening of our newest elementary school, Brookview, in Woodbury.

Students, parents, and grandparents came together with neighbors of the new school to take part in the official ribbon cutting and to tour the new building. 

"We're thrilled to be part of the Woodbury community, where we've been so warmly welcomed," said Superintendent Denise Pontrelli, as she welcomed the crowd.

Approximately 1,200 Woodbury students in grades K-12 attend Stillwater area schools, and this is the first time they’ve had a District 834 school within their own community. This is also the first time since 1998 the district has opened a new elementary school.

Construction of Brookview Elementary was funded in part by proceeds from the sale of Valley Crossing Community School, a school we shared with two other districts for nearly 25 years. Approximately 300 students from our district who attended Valley Crossing now call Brookview home, as well as some students who formerly attended Lake Elmo and Afton-Lakeland elementary schools.

Brookview is a beautiful building filled with natural light and welcoming spaces, which has been designed with kids in mind. It will be home to a diverse community of about 500 students in preschool through fifth grade.