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Crosswinds school given one-year reprieve

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

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WOODBURY— A Woodbury school thought to be all but mothballed in June was revived for at least another school year.

East Metro Integration District School Board members last week approved a measure that will keep Crosswinds Arts and Science School open for the 2013-14 school year under the management of the Perpich Center.

"It is very satisfying to see Crosswinds as a choice school for students and families," East Metro Integration District Superintendent Janet Mohr said after the meeting.

The Perpich Center -- a state agency that operates an eponymous school in Golden Valley -- will manage Crosswinds, whose fate has been in limbo since funding shortages forced EMID to close the building after the 2012-13 school year. Adding to the uncertainty surrounding the school was behind-the-scenes maneuvering last session at the Legislature, where lawmakers ultimately balked at passing a bill that would have conveyed the building to an entity willing to preserve its unique integration model.

Both Perpich and South Washington County Schools were vying for the building, though the local district fell out of favor after confirming the integration model would not be part of its plans for the space.

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