White Bear Lake Area Schools propose buying homes for high school expansion, homeowners push back

June 12, 2019 10:39 PM

A preliminary plan to purchase more than 20 homes for a possible expansion of White Bear Lake High School's north campus has some homeowners on Bald Eagle Avenue upset.

Stacey King told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the White Bear Lake Lake School District sent her and many of her neighbors on Bald Eagle Avenue, a letter asking if they would consider selling their homes to make room for the high school expansion at the north campus.


"The letter basically says they want to create one, bigger high school at the North Campus," said King. "And, part of that plan would include purchasing more than 20 homes to do it."

King said she, and her neighbors, plan to fight the school district on the idea and feel betrayed by the district, because they were just notified about the plan in mid-May with a school board vote on the issue set for July 15.

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"Not much warning and no plans for any public hearings," said King. "This is unacceptable and it feels like they betrayed us and I can tell you no one who's received that letter has any intention of selling their homes and moving."

Fritz Gnos lives across the street from King on Bald Eagle Avenue and he told KSTP he had not received any notification from the school district about the plan.

"I have not received a phone call or any letter from anyone," said Gnos. "I am worried about the plan because I am sure they will be interested in my house at some point and Bald Eagle Avenue will be like a highway if this plan is approved."

KSTP asked the White Bear Lake Area School District for comment and the school board chair for comment on the proposal, but neither have responded yet.

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