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Districts exchange letters on merger

Divide remains on consolidation

During a break in consolidation committee meetings, Carlton and Wrenshall school boards have continued to negotiate via written communications.

The most recent letter came from the Carlton board May 14 in response to Wrenshall’s April 8 proposal to move the consolidation’s start date to July 2026. The Wrenshall board had pushed the date back from 2025 after learning the Carlton superintendent Donita Stepan’s contract runs through the 2025-26 school year. Wrenshall had previously stipulated it did not want any long-term contracts spilling over into consolidation.

Signed by board chair Julianne...