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Sartell school contracts still in limbo after 3 board members are no-shows

If the board doesn't approve 21 contracts by July 1, the employees will be out of a job, the superintendent says

SARTELL, Minn. - The nearly two dozen Sartell-St. Stephen school district jobs left in limbo last week remain in limbo after a Tuesday meeting where the three board members holding up the contracts didn't show up.

After months of bickering, the six-member board did not approve the contracts of 21 employees last week when Emily Larson, Jen Smith and Scott Wenshau again voted against the motion, saying they want the contracts to be voted on individually instead of all together.

Interim Superintendent Tom Lee warned board members that the employees would lose their jobs if the contracts weren't approved by July 1, which prompted Board Chair Tricia Meling to set a special meeting Tuesday to vote on the contracts. But without a majority of members present, no action could be taken.


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