St. Scholastica, a religious-based educational school currently based in Cambridge, will be relocating to Isanti beginning with the upcoming school year.
During the Isanti City Council meeting June 21, the council approved a conditional use permit for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church to operate St. Scholastica on its property located at 207 Whiskey Road NW.
In her staff memo, Community Development Director Roxanne Achman explained educational institutions are permitted within the R-1 Residential District with the approval of a conditional use permit. St. Scholastica is open to kindergarten through 12th-grade students.
“This is wonderful for the city of Isanti and will offer more educational opportunities for our residents,” Isanti Mayor George Wimmer said.
Achman explained the school currently consists of 57 students and eight staff members. The student body transferring to St. Elizabeth’s is estimated at 40 students. Their future plans are to contain the school to a maximum number of 80 students.
Beginning with the upcoming school year, the school plans to use seven classrooms and one office space at the church. Classes are held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, September through May. Most students are transported by parents; however, a few students utilize public transportation through the Cambridge-Isanti School District.
“Starting in the primary school, the pupils focus on the basics in reading, language arts and mathematics. In the early grades, love of learning, neatness, diligence and responsibly are fostered,” wrote Principal Mary Koralewski in a memo to the city. “In the intermediate school, the pupils continue to grow in these areas as they begin to take learning as a personal achievement. The intermediate school focuses on cementing the firm foundation of the primary school and building on it. The pupils begin more independent learning.”
Koralewski noted there are no plans to add onto the infrastructure of the building and the students participate in organized sports outdoors on the existing tarmac and grass.
In other action the council:
• Approved a resolution providing for the issuance and sale of $2.5 million general obligation sewer revenue bonds. Jessica Green with Northland Securities noted the bond was able to be reduced by $80,000. “Overall it was a very good bond sale this morning,” Green said. She said the city’s strong budgeting process and strong city management attributed to the city’s good bond rating.
• Approved a special event request from the North 65 Chamber of Commerce to hold Jubilee Days events on July 7 and July 9. The parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 7. Free kids day events will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 9, and the 27th annual Outhouse Races will be held at 2 p.m. July 9.
• Approved a resolution authorizing staff to work with Charter Schools Development Corporation, the property owners of 901 and 903 Sixth Ave. Court NE, in conjunction with the Art and Science Academy, in drafting a development agreement for park and open space uses. The charter school is interested in adding a gymnasium and outdoor play space for charter school students. It was noted a development agreement would need to be created to ensure a properly prepared and implemented park plan.