School Board Discusses Possibility of Building New Tech High School
ST. CLOUD - The St. Cloud area school district is discussing the recommendation of building a new Tech High School.
Last week a community task force recommended that the district build a new high school at a location on 33rd Street South and County Road 74 in St. Cloud.
After a meeting on Wednesday night, the board is likely to adopt a resolution implementing the recommendation of the task force for next weeks board meeting on Thursday the 18th.
The resolution would allow the district to move forward with a series of efforts towards a new high school at the 33rd Street South location and renovations at Apollo High School.
The board can create a referendum to finance the project in 2015. Architects in the task force say building a new Tech could potentially cost $112 million. To remodel the current Tech, a project would cost an estimated $149 million.
Residents in the Lake George neighborhood have brought up concerns on the future of the area if a new Tech High School is built.
School board chair Jerry Von Korff says they will try to arrange a question and answering session with any concerned residents next week.
Von Korff adds that if the board goes forward with planning a new high school, there will be many important decisions remaining. Design and costs, community involvement, needs of students, athletic facilities, modernizing the classroom and updating furniture, science labs and technology would all need to be discussed by the board with community experts.