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Flashback Friday: Clover Valley School will be Closed

From the March 14, 1974 issue of the Two Harbors Chronicle and Times.

Clover Valley high school will be closed as a result of action taken last Wednesday by the Lake County School District #381 School Board.

The board voted unanimously to approve a plan recommended by the school district administration to close Clover Valley and bus its 167 students in grades 9-12 to the Two Harbors high school and 74 students in grades 7 and 8 to the Minnehaha middle school. Board member Adrian Johnson made the motion which was second by Mrs. Joanne Church.

The additional students will bring the total anticipated enrollment next year at the high school from 604 students to 795, and from 588 to 644 at the Minnehaha School. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Earl Brakken told the board and those attending the meeting Wednesday at the Two Harbors high school cafeteria that the high school has had as many as 900 students, and he does not anticipate any problems with the increased enrollment next year.

The school administration has been studying several plans since the Supreme Court held that the consolidation between the two schools was constitutional. The merger had been opposed by a group of area citizens and the suit was brought by MelRoy Peterson.

There will be no busing of Lake County students under the board approved plan, with the possible exception of eight special education students who are currently taught at the high school. They may be bussed next year to the North Shore elementary school.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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