Board Approves Transferring Technical High School to City

In the Community

St. Cloud school board unanimously approved Wednesday transferring Technical High School and the district's former media services building to the city of St. Cloud. 

"This is the final action step on behalf of the district," said Amy Skaalerud, executive director of finance and business services, at the board meeting Wednesday. 

Two years ago, the board and St. Cloud City Council approved resolutions on a letter of intent to transfer ownership of Tech and the district's media services building after the district vacated the site.

Tech students started school at the new building on the south side of town this fall. 

The letter of intent to transfer ownership does not include the Clark Field property. There is a tentative agreement in place with Friends of Clark Field to keep the former football field as green space.

In mid-September, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis announced plans that, if approved by the board and St. Cloud City Council, would move City Hall to the renovated historic parts of Technical High School. The council plans to vote on the transfer at an upcoming meeting. 

Kleis announced the plans after the developer who was considering redeveloping the property — Plymouth-based Dominium — backed out because the anticipated costs were too high.

The plan moves city offices to the historic 1917 and 1938 parts of the building; the later additions would be razed for green space or other development possibilities. 

The city plans to sell the land on Minnesota Highway 23 — property the school district used for its media services building — for commercial development. 

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