Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Stillwater board votes 5-2 to close three schools, gets booed


A controversial proposal to close three elementary schools in the Stillwater School District won school board approval during a tense meeting Thursday night.

The 5-2 decision came after five hours of public testimony and statements from board members and was greeted with a roar of disapproval. Some parents sobbed as they left the meeting at Stillwater Junior High. Many carried sleeping children.

The plan, called Building Opportunities to Learn and Discover — BOLD, for short — was put forward by Superintendent Denise Pontrelli as a way to shift many of the district's 8,300 students to new schools by 2017 to accommodate enrollment growth to the south.


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