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By Mike Creger
Pine Knot News 

Wrenshall students have their say on school plans


March 29, 2019

Mike Creger / Pine Knot News

Tony Sjolander, director of project planning and development at Kraus-Anderson, told more than 80 people last Thursday that improving spaces at the Wrenshall school would improve education. It was the first of two public meetings scheduled to allow discussion on the May 14 referendum that is asking for $14.4 million. The meeting was marked by students expressing their frustration with cramped spaces at the school, along with disappointment and offense that referendums failed in 2017 and 2018.

Sometimes, it's the most obvious thing that can be neglected. In the past two years, the Wrenshall school district has offered up two referendums to make improvements at its K-12 school. Part of that effort involved public forums where residents could ask questions and espouse their views on the proposed projects and how the cost would impact tax bills.

Both times, the effort came up empty as voters said no.

Last week, with a third referendum coming in May, district officials and project consultants came up with a new tack: Let's ask students what they think. And let's allow them to tell it...

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