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Hudson School Board Votes to Purchase St. Croix Meadows Dog Track for $8.25 Million

The Hudson School District Board of Education voted at a special meeting Monday to make an offer to purchase the long-vacant St. Croix Meadows Dog Track property. The district hopes to use the site for a new school building in the future.

At a special meeting Monday evening held at , the Board of Education voted unanimously to make an offer to purchase .

According to the commercial purchase agreement, the district will offer $8.25 million for the property. The district hopes to use the site for a new school building in the future. The entire deal is contingent upon the district securing the needed revenue through an upcoming referendum.

Before the vote was taken, Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten put forth the case for a new school building by citing . Currently, is already nearly 170 students above capacity. is only 45 students below capacity right now, and projected to reach capacity next year. The projections show additional significant growth for both schools over the next 10 years.

Financial Services Director Tim Erickson took his turn next laying out the case on .

Erickson also detailed the estimated tax impact to district residents. According to Erickson, the $8.25 million price tag translates to a $18-$20 per year tax impact on a home assessed at $200,000.

The board will decide at its November meeting whether to hold the referendum during the February primary election or the April general election.

According to Erickson, the district also explored purchasing property in the St. Croix Business Park and the site of Hermes Floral just off Highway 12. The district's number show that St. Croix Meadows offered the lowest price per acre of the three choices.

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Jim Bob October 07, 2011 at 06:40 AM
I didn't know we were having a debate. I was discussing it's the job of a school board and school administration to chart the future course of a school district and how it is up to the voters via the referendum process to approve or turn down said proposed future vision. There really isn't much to debate there. That is how the process works. As to how my property tax bills have been impacted by the $93 million school referendum in the New Richmond school district, there's no debate there. As to whether or not a student learns better in a new school, that would depend on the student. Some could get the education in a pup tent and do great things. Others could be individually tutored in the Taj Mahal and end up a peanut vendor in North Hudson. Let's face it Professor, we are moving towards an education system where more and more of a child's education will take place in public spears. Karl Marx pointed this out long ago when he said, "“The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions.” I can envision a time in the near future where schools will have pre-natal classrooms for pregnant mothers to come in to sit on their prayer rugs and listen to tapes of Frances Fox Piven reading from the qu'ran in Spanish. We all know that to achieve, we need thought. That is what public education provides. It's not the size of the building, it's the heart of the community. Remember, it takes a village.
Thurston Howell III October 07, 2011 at 03:06 PM
mr... Oh I love this one."Why don't they expand on the current high school?" Do you realize that Dean Knudson's proposal for this circa 2005 would involve invoking Eminent Domain over adjacent homeowner's properties. I just love it when you Anti-Government types contradict yourselves. It's sooo entertaining.
mainstreet October 07, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Why would ED be needed? Expand to the south, there is nothing there but a field. Also if they would revoke parking for all the students that drive to school without a reason and make them ride the bus, you could reduce the parking lot by half.
Mary Harris October 07, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Dear Mainstreet, where I went to college those who couldn't handle the hard curriculum ended up in the business department. Maybe college life has changes, but I didn't notice any heavier degree emphasis at the parties I went to. Not sure what you hate teachers so much...with them being a dime a dozen and their pay so low and all. Perhaps you flunked out of the education program and ended up in a business program.
kk October 07, 2011 at 09:02 PM
Guys and Gals I am stepping in and asking you to stop being personal but stay with the good and bad of this. Hudson has the history of less government /taxes. We all know that borrowed money is separate from general budget and tax levied. So the only question for hudson school residents is are you will to pay more for--------? I offer yes to a point then you pay to play or elect in the upcoming recall a representative that is progressive.

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