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Partner Districts - St. Cloud Area School District 742

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The mission of the St. Cloud Area School District is to create a safe and caring climate and culture in which we prepare, engage, educate, empower and inspire all learners in partnership with their community to be successful in today’s and tomorrow’s society. Our caring and committed staff members deliver learning for a lifetime to a diverse population of students in nine St. Cloud area communities. District 742 is the largest school district in Central Minnesota, proudly sharing the gift of education with over 10,000 students each school day.

Located 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul, we bring the world's ideas into every schoolroom. Our licensed staff, 67 percent of whom have advanced degrees, teach challenging classes that use the latest technology as well as tried-and-true instructional methods. District 742 has eight elementary schools, three middle level schools (6-8), two high schools(9-12), three alternative learning schools, an early childhood center and a community education center. The high schools offer an array of AP courses and other opportunities to prepare students for post-secondary education. Students are encouraged to participate in their choice of athletic, scholarly and fine arts activities.



St. Cloud School District, Willie Jett

Willie Jett is the Superintendent for St. Cloud Area School District 742 as of July 1, 2013.   Willie received his Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago; and his Master of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He was an Assistant Principal at Park Center Senior High in Brooklyn Park from 2001-2006; Principal at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka from 2006-2011; and Assistant Superintendent for St. Paul Public Schools from 2011 through June 30, 2013.


Working Group Members



Working Group

Brenda Sprenger
District Administration Office
Jona Deavel
District Administration Office
Keri Johnson
Clearview Elementary
Jayne Greeney-Schill


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