Herald and Journal, February 2, 1998

Wright Technical Center plans building improvements

The Wright Technical Center Cooperative # 966, composed of the Annandale, Becker, Big Lake, Buffalo, Delano, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Maple Lake, Monticello, Rockford, and St. Michael-Albertville school districts, is proposing to construct an addition to and renovate the Wright Technical Center facility.

The improvements will also provide greater opportunities for community utilization of school spaces.

The proposed construction project will accommodate the educational program needs of the 950-plus students from member school districts who participate in vocational, special education, and alternative learning programs offered at the Wright Technical Center facility.

The addition to the facility will provide new classroom and support spaces for the following program areas: machine trades, construction, child care occupations, special education, and the alternative learning center. A fire sprinkler system will be installed and classroom and support spaces renovated in the existing facility to accommodate new uses of spaces and the updating of equipment. Additional parking will also be provided on site.

These cooperative school facility improvements will not only enable the school district cooperative to continue to meet the educational needs of the students, but will expand the educational opportunities of all the residents of the cooperative district.

The total cost of this project will not exceed $2,500,000, and will be financed through the issuance of a $2,000,000 lease. Member school districts will then pay a share of the lease cost over 10 years until the lease is paid off. This project will not qualify the member districts for debt service equalization under Minnesota Statutes, section 124.95, subdivision 2.

Based upon the department's analysis of the school district's required documentation and other pertinent information from sources of Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning, the commissioner of children, families and learning judged the proposed construction to be educationally and economically advisable.

Anyone desiring additional information regarding this proposal can contact the Wright Technical Center office at 612-682-4112.

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