Carlton and Wrenshall school boards may once again restart discussions about possible consolidation.
Carlton Superintendent Gwen Carman and board Chair LaRae Lehto are scheduled to meet Thursday, June 20, with Wrenshall Superintendent Kim Belcastro and board Chair Matthew Laveau to discuss an agenda for a joint board meeting in July.
“The purpose of the initial meeting with the board chairs and superintendents is to set the parameters and agenda for a joint boards meeting,” Carman said in an email to the Pine Journal. “At this point, there has been no discussion of what specifically will or will not be discussed at the joint boards meeting.”
The two boards have gone back and forth over the issue of consolidation for many years. Much of the disagreement between the boards recently has centered on a facilities plan, with Wrenshall requiring Carlton to agree to a “two-site” model, with an elementary school in Carlton and a middle and high school in Wrenshall, before hiring a paid facilitator.
The Carlton board has supported engaging a paid facilitator, but has been reluctant to agree to the two-site model prior to opening negotiations.