The Handke Center
1170 Main Street
Elk River, Minnesota
The historic Handke Center, located on Main Street in Elk River is home to the following ISD 728 programs:
- Community Education
- Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
- Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
- Early Childhood Screening
- ISD 728 Grant Coordination Office
- ISD 728 Communications and Marketing Department
In addition, Reach-Up Head Start operates its Elk River site from the Handke Center.
Built in 1930, the Handke Center is ISD 728’s oldest facility, and is now in its 81st year of continuous operation serving the public. It served as the District’s only high school from 1930 to 1961, then as a junior high school, and later still as Handke Elementary and the Handke Magnet (elementary school). It has housed the current array of programs since 2001 with the exception of the Communications and Marketing Department being added in 2011. A portion of the main floor of the 1930 building was remodeled and restored to its original 1930 luster during 2005-06, with a grand opening celebration in September 2006. In 2011, the Handke Center celebrated its 80th birthday of being open to the public.