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GCED another step closer to new facility

The Goodhue County Education District continues to move closer to its goal of starting the 2015-16 school year in a new, consolidated facility adjacent to the Red Wing High School.

Kenyon-Wanamingo and Goodhue school boards voted Monday night in favor of the proposal to consolidate all Goodhue County Education District services to one building.

The next step is approval of the plan from the Minnesota Department of Education, which could take up to 60 days, said GCED executive director Cherie Johnson.

The special education district sent out request for proposals to architectural firms which were due back to the district by Tuesday. The list will be narrowed to two or three firms, Johnson said, that will then be interviewed by the district on Feb. 6.

Johnson said the goal is to break ground on the new building by July 1, which could be located on the land currently occupied by the tennis courts at the high school.

The land has yet to be purchased from the Red Wing School District and no specific site has been finalized as of this point.

The majority of firms expressed confidence in the timeframe for the project with a ground-breaking by July 1 and opening by fall 2015, Johnson told the Republican Eagle.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett


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