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WRENSHALL SCHOOLS

Cindy Bourn, Debra Washenesky and Jack Eudy answered questions about the district's budget and items they felt were hot-button issues. The event Thursday came on the heels of a candidate forum hosted by Education Minnesota Wrenshall in which the incumbents declined to participate.
Four candidates vying for seats on the Wrenshall School Board introduced themselves to community members and answered questions at a candidate forum hosted by Education Minnesota Wrenshall Tuesday, Sept. 20.
During the open forum portion of the meeting Monday, speakers requested more transparency and action on the district's budget.
The discussion was prompted by Superintendent Kimberly Belcastro telling the board she was entering the final year of her contract and if the board does not want to work with her, she would retire.
The board voted to terminate the employee's contract following an investigation that revealed she said she could kill the district superintendent and that she cursed and yelled in the workplace.
"The Wrenshall School District is starting a new chapter in its history, and with a much-improved building, amazing staff members and teachers, our community can be proud of the opportunities being provided to the students of the Wrenshall School District," writes Ben Johnson.

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With construction nearing an end in the district, Wrenshall officials are optimistic about the upcoming school year despite concerns from the community about the district's leadership.
In June, the board agreed to plan its budget with a conservative estimate of 356 students enrolled. Superintendent Kimberly Belcastro explained to board members Wednesday, Aug. 3, that the latest estimates see district enrollment at 342.
The board approved moving forward with Red Cedar Consulting LLC, to investigate claims of misconduct within the district.

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