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Board down to two sites for high school

The lone Cottage Grove site being considered for a third high school by School District 833 officials was withdrawn last week, leaving two potential sites in Woodbury.

The property owners withdrew the 128-acre Cottage Grove site according to Mike Vogel, assistant to the superintendent for facilities. It is located on the south side of 70th Street one-quarter mile east of County Road 19.

The school board met in closed session Thursday, Sept. 21, before its regular meeting, to discuss the sites. Vogel gave a summary of the discussion during the public meeting.

School district officials increased their site selection work after voters approved a $107 million bond issue Sept. 12 for a third high school, additions at Cottage Grove Junior High School and Grey Cloud Elementary School and improvements at Park and Woodbury high schools.

The two final sites are 80 acres at the southwest corner of Bailey Road and Pioneer Drive, and 120 acres on the southeast corner of County Road 19 and Dale Road where there are existing buildings on the site.

Vogel said a minimum of 80 acres is needed for a high school, with 100 acres recommended by the Minnesota Department of Education.

The district's policy is to buy school land offered by willing sellers only, he said.

The sites will be discussed at the board's Oct. 4 workshop meeting. Board Chair Ron Kath said members of the public are encouraged to make comments at the meeting or communicate with board members and district officials by other means.

A final site selection will be made Oct. 17.

The design part of the process to build and open a high school in the 2009-10 school year will take until April of next year. During the same time period, permits from Woodbury will also be sought.

The project will be put out for bids in May with construction starting in June at the end of the current school year.

The board will consider community and city acceptance, topography, soil conditions, environmental and safety issues, availability of sewer and water and possibilities for expansion when selecting a site.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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