At its monthly meeting Tuesday, June 12, at , the Board of Education voted to pay for consulting services in the effort to persuade the to rezone the St. Croix Meadows dog track property for use as a school.
The vote was 5-1 with Sandy Gehrke dissenting. Brian Bell was absent.
A scope-of-work document from Stantec Consulting of St. Paul includes $10,000-$11,800 for market research and $5,000-$5,600 for public meeting preparation. Ad hoc requests for services will be billed at various rates from $91 to $225 per hour depending on the personnel required. Costs up to $25,000 will be split evenly between the district and the property seller, Croixland Properties.
The property purchase with wide support, but the deal is contingent on rezoning the land from commercial use to public use. The district has formally requested the city rezone the property, but and citizens at .
At a special school board meeting late last month, the district its June 15 deadline for closing on the property.