Proposal To Transfer Tech HIgh To City

Proposal To Transfer Tech HIgh To City Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - The future of the historic Tech High School building may soon be in the hands of the City of St. Cloud.

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis says he and St. Cloud Schools Superintendent Willie Jett have come up with a proposal to have the district transfer the school and grounds to the city once the district vacates the property to move into the new Tech High School.

"We are proposing to both the school board and city council that District 742, when it vacates Tech in 2019, that all of that property is conveyed to the city, so the city can plan in conjunction with the neighborhood the redevelopment of that site," Kleis told KNSI.

The Mayor says the move makes sense because the city has tools and assets the district doesn't, like tax increment financing and tax credits.

"And we've gone through this process many times where we will set, with the neighborhood and community, a process envisioning the best possible use."

Kleis says the city doesn't want to hurt the character of the neighborhood, and will work with community members as plans are drawn up to renovate the historic part of the building.

The Mayor is hoping city council and the school board sign off on the proposal in the next month or so.

The plan does not include historic Clark Field, which the group Friends of Clark Field is raising money to fix up and keep as green space.

Once the field is renovated, it would be given to the city which would take over upkeep and maintenance.

In November 2016, District 742 voters approved a referendum to construct a new high school off of 33rd Street South.

Ground was broken on the new Tech High School in August, and it's expected to be ready to welcome students and teachers in the fall of 2019.

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