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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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Robot Helps Talahi Community School Students Learn Music [VIDEO]

Robots and music education don’t sound like two things that go together...but that’s exactly the case at Talahi Community School. Kindergarten and 1st grade students have been using a robot in class to compose music and play it in class.

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School board chair Les Green. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
School board chair Les Green. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Les Green Named Board Chair of St. Cloud Area School District

The St. Cloud area school district has a new chairperson for 2016. Les Green was voted into the position on Monday night during the annual board reorganization meeting. The position was held by Dennis Whipple last year.

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Students and community members voiced their concerns on racial tensions in area schools in mid-April. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Students and community members voiced their concerns on racial tensions in area schools in mid-April. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Top 10 of 2015: #3 Racial Tensions Surface at Tech High School [VIDEO]

Today on our countdown of the Top 10 local news stories of 2015, we look at #3 on the list. On March 25th, over 100 students, mostly Somali, walked out and protested outside of Tech High School.

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Supporters and board members react to the referendum results. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Supporters and board members react to the referendum results. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Top 10 of 2015: #4 St. Cloud Area School District Referendum Fails

We continue our countdown of the Top 10 local news stories of 2015 with a look back at our #4 story of the year.

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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St. Cloud School Board Approves Superintendent Contract Extension

The St. Cloud area school board has given Superintendent Willie Jett a three-year contract extension. Jett's base salary next school year will be just over $187,000, which is about a three percent pay raise from this year.

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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Next St. Cloud Building Vote Won’t be Until At Least Fall of 2016

The St. Cloud area school district will wait until at least the fall of 2016 to attempt another bond referendum. The district also has the option to ask voters to approve a school building plan in the spring of 2017. Superintendent Willie Jett says their focus now is getting feedback from the community.

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images
Tim Boyle, Getty Images
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First St. Cloud Immersion Students Entering High School Next Year

The original group of kindergarteners who enrolled in the St. Cloud area school district immersion program in 2007 are nearly entering high school. Since the 2007-08 school year, District 742 has offered Chinese language classrooms at Madison Elementary and Spanish language classrooms at Clearview Elementary.

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Spencer Platt, Getty Images
Spencer Platt, Getty Images
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St. Cloud Area District to Review Policy on Service Animals in Schools

The St. Cloud area school district will discuss a new policy for service animals in schools during their Wednesday night board meeting. The purpose of the policy is to set up procedures for the use of service animals by students, employees and visitors in school buildings and on school grounds.

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Clark Field (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Clark Field (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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District 742 Considering Options for Clark Field [AUDIO]

I talked with St. Cloud School District 742 Director of Community Engagement Tami Deland today on WJON. She explained at the District is considering options and has been in communication with the group "Friends of Clark Field".

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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Friends of Clark Field Group Begins Crafting Plan to Preserve Site

The Friends of Clark Field group met on Monday night to brainstorm plans to preserve the field as green space. Superintendent Willie Jett made the announcement that they had stopped demolition of the field while they consider other options for a future site to place early childhood education programs.

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