Ground breaks for new office building in Rush City

Attending the groundbreaking, from left, were district superintendents Dennis Fischer, Pine City; Deb Henton, North Branch; SCRED Executive Director Kim Gibbons; Mike McLoughlin, Chisago Lakes; Vern Koepp, Rush City; Rob Prater, Hinckley/Finlayson; and Jack Almos, East Central. Photo supplied

The Rush City community had reason to celebrate last week when community leaders put on their hardhats and shoveled some dirt at the groundbreaking for the new St. Croix River Education District office building.

“We’re all very excited,” said SCRED Executive Director Kim Gibbons following the June 5 ceremony at 425 Dana Ave. in downtown Rush City.

The new office facility will house the majority of SCRED’s 55 employees inside a 12,000 square foot building, designed with offices along the sides with a training section in the center. The facility will be built on the lots that housed the former SCRED and Creekside Pizza buildings.

Haug Construction out of Pine City is anticipated to get started this week and complete the project later in October.

Gibbons said it’s been quite a year of transition for SCRED and its staff, since serious mold problems in the original, now demolished SCRED building caused the business to move about 40 of its employees to a location in North Branch.

“At first it was an unpleasant situation,” said Gibbons, “but at the end of the day it’s very exciting to have our organization back under one roof.”

The St. Croix River Education District provides educational services for students and teachers in the school districts of Chisago Lakes, North Branch, Rush City, Pine City, Hinckley-Finlayson and East Central.


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