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Carlton moves closer to high school solution


July 23, 2021

Superintendent John Engstrom read his prepared statement. After a pause that encapsulated the import of his words, Carlton school board member Sue Karp said “well stated.”

Three other board members agreed.

“Our hearts are in a K-12,” Karp later said.

The lament in the school library during one of those typical short July meetings was palpable.

Engstrom had just laid out a future for the district that didn’t include educating students in grades 9-12. He announced that talks with Cloquet to release Carlton students to its high school had reached a “general operating framework.”...

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