ZED students, staff settle into new building

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(ABC 6 News) – It’s been a few months since the Zumbro Education District welcomed students and staff into a brand-new building in late August.

School leaders say they’re already seeing better educational outcomes.

This new ZED building sits on 6 acres of land and costs 16.47 million dollars.

The building holds schools for special education students and what’s known as at-risk students like pregnant teens and students who also have to work during the day.

Since opening, the building’s executive director said these students and staff feel like they’re part of a community now and they feel like they belong.

“You gotta understand our previous facility served our purpose but they did not serve our students. We’re excited about the future of ZED. This has cemented us for the next 20-30 years. Which is a big relief,” said Executive Director for ZED Patrick Gordon.

The district is also working on renting space to community members for things like clubs or intermural sports.