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Dan DeBaun, WJON
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Summer Reading Program Bus Delivering Books to Children in Need [VIDEO]

Thanks to a partnership and $15,000 gift from the St. Cloud Rotary Club, LEAF was able to expand its parents and kids reading aloud together (PAKRAT) program into the summer. The program gives books to kids who lack access to them in preschool through third grade.

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Abdullahi and Johnson talk about the progress made in the Tech High School Student Advocate Team. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Abdullahi and Johnson talk about the progress made in the Tech High School Student Advocate Team. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Months After Tech Protest, Students Working Together to Improve Area Schools

On March 25th, over 100 students, mostly Somali, walked out and protested outside of Tech High School. Over three months later, the protest is still sparking conversations between students, teachers and district officials on how to improve conditions in St. Cloud area schools.

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Photo: hma Architects (sctcc.edu)
Photo: hma Architects (sctcc.edu)
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SCTCC Announces Name For New Veterans Center

The St. Cloud Technical and Community College has announced the name of its new veterans' center. After public voting the center will be named the Homefront Resource Center, a center for service members, veterans and their families. The new center will be in the former CentraCare Heartland building.

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District 742
District 742
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St. Cloud School Board Selects Erickson For Open Seat

The St. Cloud area school district has picked Debbie Erickson to fill an empty seat on the school board. Erickson is co-chair of the District 742 bond referendum committee and was a member of the high school task force. She is also a board member of the local education and activities foundation (LEAF).

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
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District Planning to Sell Tech High School Building and Build on Clark Field

The St. Cloud area school district is planning to sell the Tech High School building and put in a new building on Clark Field. The school board will review and is expected to pass the plans during their meeting on Thursday night. The district is planning to sell the Tech High School and media services buildings.

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Four St. Cloud Area Schools Honored For Improvement in Student Behavior

Four schools in the St. Cloud area school district were honored by the Minnesota Department of Education on Wednesday. Oak Hill Community School, Apollo High School, Talahi Community School and Westwood Elementary School were among 36 schools recognized for their work using the positive behavioral intervention and supports (PBIS) program.

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A portion of the Apollo track that has started to fall apart. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
A portion of the Apollo track that has started to fall apart. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Apollo Athletic Field and Track Being Fixed and Updated This Summer [VIDEO]

The Apollo High School athletic field and track will see some much needed improvements this summer. District 742 buildings and ground supervisor Bryan Brown says the rubber track is falling apart and desperately needed to be fixed. The plan is to eventually put turf in on the football field-all of the summer modifications will work towards that goal.

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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ROCORI District Expecting to Start Fall Classes Before Labor Day

The ROCORI school district is expecting to start fall classes before Labor Day this year. Labor Day is on September 7th this year, which is the latest it can land. ROCORI Superintendent Scott Staska says they are now expecting to start class on September 1st this fall, pending state action in a special session.

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School Board Discusses Possible $160 Million Bond Referendum For New Tech and Updated Apollo

The St. Cloud area school district took it's first look at a possible referendum for a new Tech High School and updated Apollo High School. The referendum was described in three parts on Wednesday night. The first ballot question asks for $153.3 million for a new Tech and to update Apollo High School.

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District 742
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Six Finalists Selected for Open St. Cloud School Board Seat

Six finalists have been selected for the open seat on the St. Cloud area school board. Hudda Ibrahim, Peter Hamerlinck, Hassan Yussuf, Shannon Haws, Scott Andreasen, and Debbie Erickson were selected as finalists by the school board on Wednesday night.

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