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District 742 Talks Future of Tech High School [AUDIO]

Steven Wright

ST. CLOUD – District 742 discussed the future of the St. Cloud Tech High School building during their meeting on Thursday.

Tech High School was built in 1917 and has had structural and air quality issues over the last few years. Asbestos was recently found in the ceiling in the Media Center that cost the district $1.3 million to get rid of. The roofing of the building is also very expensive to repair because there are many additions that have been added.

One large concern for the building is that it was built before a lot of codes were put in place. Whenever repairs are done, the district needs to bring it within code of today’s standards-creating numerous expenses.

The District wants to be sure to take time and engage with community on future decisions regarding the building. A public hearing to discuss the future of Tech High School will be held on July 24th. A survey will also be sent out to families in the district in early September.

One big question for the board moving forward is if they should select a one or two high school model for the district. During the meeting both Superientendant Willie Jett and Board Chair Jerry Von Korff said they were in favor of a two-high school system in the future.

Jett says that no matter what system the board decides on, the focus will be on quality programs.

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The District also plans to meet with district and construction professionals to discuss options with the building. Members also stressed that they would keep Apollo High School and its programming as part of the conversation.

St. Cloud had just one high school until Apollo opened in 1970.  That building is now 44 years old.

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