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Cottage Grove, 55016
Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

Applications for the school board spot vacated by Carrie Olson closed Monday, Nov. 6. Ellen Ayers of Cottage Grove and Leslee Boyd, Daniel Menken, Alberder Gillespie and Patti Bitney Starke of Woodbury applied. Olson's resignation will not affect the final vote on the new high school site since it is effective after the board votes on the issue at its Nov. 16 meeting.

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After the vote, at the same meeting, a new board member will take her place.

The board will conduct interviews of the applicants Saturday, Nov. 11 and chose a successor who will serve until the 2007 general election. After interviews, the board will tour the two school sites.

Superintendent Tom Nelson said Olson has been through the entire process and is in the best position to make an informed decision on the sites.

"It would be unfair to expect someone coming on new to participate in this decision," he said. "She was elected to participate in the numerous meetings and to make these tough decisions."

-- Judy Spooner

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