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City, school board say dog track not big enough for development and school

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Following the vote at the July 8 Hudson School Board meeting to drop the former St. Croix Meadows dog track as a site for new high school, the board president Jamie Johnson and City of Hudson Mayor Alan Burchill made the following joint statement.

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"On June 9, 2014, the Hudson Board of Education presented to the Hudson City Council for discussion and consideration a new proposal for the use of St. Croix Meadows to serve as both a new high school site and taxable development property.

"Through discussion and further research, it became clear that useable land on the site was not large enough to address the interests of the City and the School District.

"The City Council and the Board of Education share an interest in maintaining as much taxable property as possible, and the Board of Education needs a site with sufficient size to build a new high school that supports its programs and has potential for future expansion.

"In order to gain more information to address questions and concerns of the City Council, the Board invested in a wetland delineation only to find out that the amount of usable property on the site was reduced by identified wetlands. This delineation provided less acreage to the School District for the new high school and/or less acreage for taxable development.

"As a result, at the July 8, 2014 Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to remove St. Croix Meadows from further consideration as a site for a new high school. Now the School District will move on to further consideration of other sites for a new high school. As leaders of both entities, we will continue to work together to find an appropriate long-term solution to the space issues at our secondary schools."

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