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School Board Discusses Possible $160 Million Bond Referendum For New Tech and Updated Apollo

The St. Cloud area school district took it's first look at a possible referendum for a new Tech High School and updated Apollo High School. The referendum was described in three parts on Wednesday night. The first ballot question asks for $153.3 million for a new Tech and to update Apollo High School.

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District 742
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Six Finalists Selected for Open St. Cloud School Board Seat

Six finalists have been selected for the open seat on the St. Cloud area school board. Hudda Ibrahim, Peter Hamerlinck, Hassan Yussuf, Shannon Haws, Scott Andreasen, and Debbie Erickson were selected as finalists by the school board on Wednesday night.

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Dan DeBaun, WJON
Dan DeBaun, WJON
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Survey: Voters Would Likely Support Bond Referendum For New Tech and Apollo Upgrades

A new survey says a majority of voters would likely support a bond referendum to build a new Tech High School and update Apollo High School. The survey was revealed to the St. Cloud school board on Wednesday night. 625 randomly selected St. Cloud School District residents participated in the survey.

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Madison Elementary in St. Cloud (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
Madison Elementary in St. Cloud (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
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Madison Elementary to Undergo $980,000 in Renovations

More classrooms, special education rooms and lunchroom space will be added to Madison Elementary this summer. The St. Cloud area school board awarded a bid to a contractor for $980,815 for renovations and additions to the building. The project is being paid for through the District fund balance.

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St. Cloud School Board Approves 5-Cent Increase on School Lunches

School lunch prices will be slightly more expensive starting in the 2015-2016 school year. Lunches will cost 5-cents more. Elementary lunches will cost $2.55, secondary lunches would go up to $2.75 and Adult lunches will be $3.90. State and Federal law requires schools to charge a minimum weighted average price for paid lunches.

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New Principal Coming to Lincoln Elementary

Lincoln Elementary School in St. Cloud will have a new principal next year. Beth LaCoursiere most recently served as an administrator in the Minneapolis School District. She will take over in the fall for Tina Lahr, who will be moving to Tech High School to become assistant principal.

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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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St. Cloud City Council to Vote On Land Swap with District 742 [AUDIO]

A land swap that would help pave the way for a new St. Cloud Technical High School could to take another step forward tonight (Monday). The city council is expected to approve the deal during their meeting, which will trade 40-acres of city-owned land to the St. Cloud Area School District in exchange for 66-acres of land.

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District 742 School Board Ends Revenue-Sharing Deal with LEAF [AUDIO]

The St. Cloud Area School Board has voted to discontinue its revenue sharing policy with the Local Education Activities Foundation. Currently the district transfers $1 per every adult ticket, and .50-cents for each student ticket, to LEAF.

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