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Cloquet School District still seeking public input

Residents in the Cloquet School District are encourage to attend the next (third of four) public community facilities meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, in the Cloquet High School cafeteria.

Cloquet Superintendent Ken Scarbrough and members of the Cloquet School Board are holding the meetings and collecting the surveys to get public input as part of an ongoing effort to evaluate the district’s buildings and make a plan for the future. When consultants did a facilities study to identify the most pressing needs of the district’s school buildings last spring, the study identified more than $13 million in needed repairs and maintenance at the Cloquet Middle School and additional maintenance, space, and program needs at the elementary schools, high school, and alternative school.

Scarbrough said the main issues to consider include the following questions:

  •  Should the middle school be repaired or should a new school be built?
  •  What repairs and upgrades are needed at the other school buildings?
  •  If a new middle school is built: Where should it be? Should it include a pool? What grades should it include? What will happen to the old middle school?
  •  How will this impact the taxpayer?

Others wonder if a new high school should be constructed and the current high school refitted as a middle school.

Don’t miss your time to contribute to this decision making process, whether you favor the idea of a new school or not. The fourth public input meeting is currently set for March 31, same time, same place.

Other ways to provide feedback include emailing Superintendent Ken Scarbrough at and completing future online surveys.

The Pine Journal also encourages people to weigh in by writing Letters to the Editor c/o Pine Journal, 122 Avenue C, Cloquet MN 55720, or emailing