The Free Press, Mankato, MN

May 22, 2013

Education co-op plans N. Mankato expansion

By Tim Krohn
The Mankato Free Press

---- — NORTH MANKATO — The South Central Service Cooperative is purchasing a 12-acre parcel in upper North Mankato for a future building expansion.

The sale of city-owned land, for $50,000 per acre, was approved by the North Mankato Port Authority Tuesday.

Former North Mankato City Administrator Wendell Sande, who now works for SCSC, said the group has been growing and wanted to secure the site, which is directly across Carlson Drive from the co-op’s existing building at the corner with Lookout Drive.

The cooperative works with schools, cities and counties in Region Nine to provide joint services.

“Membership of the cooperative has continued to expand,” Sande said. And he said enactment of the Affordable Care Act has meant more staff and work for SCSC, which provides health insurance expertise to its members.

The cooperative will now look for possible partners who may share space in the new building before moving to the design phase. No date for construction has been set, but it will not begin this year.

Part of Sande’s work at SCSC is doing executive searches for cities and counties. Sande is acting as interim city administrator in Eagle Lake while a search is under way for a new administrator there.

Former longtime Mankato School Supt. Ed Waltman also works for SCSC, doing executive searches and other consulting for schools.

SCSC started in 1976, created by the Legislature. It began providing services only to schools but later expanded to include cities and counties.