The $143M question: Can we build, remodel high schools?

Published in the St. Cloud Times

by Jenny Berg

"It's not if it's going to happen, it's when."

Bryan Brown, supervisor of buildings and grounds for St. Cloud school district, talks about a catastrophic mechanical failure that could shut down Technical High School and leave half of the district's high-schoolers without a building.

The possibility for problems looms in the bowels of the nearly 100-year-old building. Its steam, water and sewer pipes, as well as its electrical systems, are outdated. Some parts are no longer manufactured.

"It's going to happen," Brown said to a group of 20-or-so district residents who toured the school Oct. 11. "The building is in desperate need of help."

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