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What will happen to Helen Baker?

To the Editor:
Several people have asked me, “What are you going to do with Helen Baker if the vote is successful?” The answer is the district will try to sell the building, and any dollars that are collected will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the bond.
There is a legal process involved in not only selling the building, but also in closing a public facility. This is why we have not gone through the process of selling the building on a contingency. If we have a successful vote, we can then move forward with this process. If the vote is not successful, we will still need to use Helen Baker as a school and we will need to start our process over to address the district’s facility needs.
It is the goal of the district to keep this facility as a functional asset to the district and the city of Glencoe, just not as a school. As you know, the district is not moving forward with plans to keep this building because of energy and the educational advantages of adding an addition to the high school and junior high school. Allowing our students to have the flexible learning space they need gives us a great advantage in educating them.
The upcoming vote is on May 12, 2015. You can find more information at www.gsl.k12.mn.us.
Christopher D. Sonju
GSL Superintendent