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St. Cloud Area School District Discusses Possibly Buying St. Augusta Property

The St. Cloud Area School District discussed the possibility of buying 185 acres of property in St. Augusta. The land is about one mile south of Interstate 94 and would cost $750,000 ($4,054 per acre). The property was originally considered as a possible location for a new Tech High School.

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St. Cloud Area School District Discusses 2016 Strategic Spending

Hiring a bullying prevention specialist, reducing class sizes and more staffing are included in just over $1.6 million of proposed District 742 strategic plan spending for next year. The funds would represent a small portion of the projected $124.6 million budget for the district in the 2016 fiscal year. The bullying prevention specialist would focus on North and South Junior High Schools. The district says their highest levels of bullying happen at the middle schools.

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Colts Academy building in St. Joseph. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Colts Academy building in St. Joseph. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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St. Cloud District Approves Sale of Colts Academy Building to St. Joseph

The St. Cloud Area School District has approved the sale of the Colts Academy building to St. Joseph for $2.3 million. The building used to be the Kennedy Community School and is at 124 1st Avenue Southeast. St. Joseph wants the building for a possible community center.

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Paul Neubauer (Submitted Photo: Foley Public Schools)
Paul Neubauer (Submitted Photo: Foley Public Schools)
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New Superintendent Coming to Foley Public Schools

Foley Public Schools will have a new superintendent leading the way next school year. Paul Neubauer will be taking Darrin Strosahl's place as superintendent. Strosahl has served six years in the position and will be going to the St. Cloud Technical and Community College as a Dean of Students.

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Childhood Reading Program Expanded to Give Kids Books in the Summer

The District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation (LEAF) is partnering with the St. Cloud Rotary Club to expand a childhood reading program. A $15,000 gift from the St. Cloud Rotary Club and an additional $10,000 grant from LEAF will expand the Parents and Kids Reading Aloud Together program.

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Justin Ostendorf and Nico Marasco working at the Collegeville Community Credit Union branch. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Justin Ostendorf and Nico Marasco working at the Collegeville Community Credit Union branch. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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SJU Student Run Credit Union Branch Provides Hands On Experience [VIDEO]

In school and education-it’s tough to beat a hands on learning experience. The Collegeville Community Credit Union is a perfect example by having the first student run branch on a university campus in Minnesota. The branch location is small (Only 120 square feet) but President Mark Douvier says it provides a convenient location for students.

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Sartell-St. Stephen District Looking For Feedback on Community Survey

The Sartell-St. Stephen School District is starting its annual community survey on Wednesday. The survey will collect feedback from district families and community members about the performance of the school district.

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New Charter School Emphasizing Health and Athletics Proposed in St. Cloud

A new charter school is being proposed in south St. Cloud. Athlos Academies is proposing a 87,000 square foot single story building at 3135 County Road 136, nearby where a proposed new Tech High School would potentially be built.

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Sauk Rapids-Rice School Lunches Could See Five Cent Increase

Lunches for students in Sauk Rapids-Rice schools could cost five cents more next school year. State and Federal law requires schools to charge a minimum weighted average price for paid lunches.

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Students and community members voiced their concerns on racial tensions in area schools. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Students and community members voiced their concerns on racial tensions in area schools. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Concerns and Frustration Voiced at Open Forum on Recent Tech Protest [VIDEO]

Emotions ran high as students, parents and community members voiced their concerns with recent cases of alleged bullying and discrimination at Tech High School. An open forum was hosted by the St. Cloud Muslim community on Monday night with guests from the U.S. Department of Education.

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