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Cloquet schools need $30 million in repairs

A leaky roof at the high school and other badly-needed repairs will prompt administrators to seek over $12 million in funding during the next regularly scheduled Cloquet School Board meeting.

A leaky roof at the high school and other badly-needed repairs will prompt administrators to seek over $12 million in funding during the next regularly scheduled Cloquet School Board meeting.

"The Energy Services Group identified $30 million in projects we need to get done between all the buildings," said Ken Scarbrough, Cloquet Schools superintendent. "We can't do everything immediately so we've chosen projects with the highest priority. Those projects add up to $12 million."

The roofing jobs are the most expensive and most immediate needs along with replacing portions of the heating and ventilation systems. The roofing job at the high school alone will cost a minimum of $600,000.

Funding for the projects will come from three sources including a health and safety levy, a deferred maintenance levy and from future savings incurred from energy-saving measures built into the projects. Additionally, $93,000 will come back to the school system through energy rebates, Scarbrough said.

"We don't expect to see any tax increases for our voters due to this project," said Scarbrough.

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If approved, the projects would be completed over the next two years.

A public forum to present the plan will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at the Cloquet Schools administration building located at 302 14th Street.

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