Districts work out consolidation kinks


March 8, 2024

Mike Creger

Mary Carlson, Donita Stepan, Eric Ankrum, Julianne Emerson, Sam Ojibway and Jeff Pesta met for the first time as the "consolidation team" for the Wrenshall and Carlton school districts. The committee is working to get a consensus on the two districts joining forces on all fronts by 2025.

If one had stumbled upon the library at Carlton High School on Monday, you would have gotten the impression you were eavesdropping on some sort of couples therapy.

There was talk about doing the right thing for the kids. Talk about trauma. About threats perceived and then called misconstrued. Talk about taking a breath and letting cooler heads prevail. There were demands made and demands denied.

There was talk of impasses rebutted with carrying on, keeping the dialogue going.

To someone who knew what was going on, the first "consolidation team" meeting between members of the Carlton and Wre...

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