Districts continue delicate dance


March 15, 2024

Brady Slater

A sign along Carlton County Road 1 in Wrenshall shows public support for the school board, which is in the process of consolidation negotiations with neighboring Carlton.

Call them hiccups or hurdles, the consolidation efforts between the Carlton and Wrenshall school districts were bound to encounter them. But so soon in the process?

A third meeting of the shared consolidation committee yielded an impasse on Tuesday, when the Wrenshall contingent pressed contract issues, while the Carlton contingent balked.

"If that is where the line is drawn," Carlton board chair Julianne Emerson said, alluding to potential for a deal-breaker, "we can all have a really free summer."

Emerson was joined by Carlton superintendent Donita Stepan at the table along with Wrenshall bo...

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