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School Board Discusses Future For Roosevelt School Programs [AUDIO]

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ST. CLOUD – The District 742 School Board spent time planning the future for Roosevelt Education Center programs on Thursday night.

The school was home for Early Childhood Services and included programs like Children Special Education, Early Childhood Family Education, District Preschool and Early Childhood Assessment. Almost two weeks ago a fire created by a lightning strike resulted in the school being torn down.

The board honored the school at the beginning of the meeting. A short film was shown honoring the memories at the historic building. Several former employees who worked at Roosevelt spoke to the board on the importance of the school and the need to find a long term location for the programs it hosted.

Early Childhood summer school programs are currently being held at Discovery Community School and Apollo High School.

District 742 is considering two options on locations for the programs in the intermediate future. The district could lease space at St. Peter, Paul & Michael School where there are six classrooms available. The board could also decide to use space at Colt’s Academy where there are eleven classrooms available in the fall.

Superientendant Willie Jett says ultimately the board would want to move into a state-of-the-art Early Childhood and Community Education building.

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In the long term the district could get a new building at the existing Roosevelt site or the Wilson site.

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