The purpose of the Benton-Stearns Education District is to provide educational opportunities for pupils by increasing cooperation and coordination among the member districts.  The purpose is accomplished through the creation of an Education District Board, which applies, receives and administers funding on behalf of the Member Districts. High quality staff provides service with expertise in a multitude of skill areas. Improved learning for students is an ongoing goal and function of this Education District.

Benton-Stearns Education District was reorganized as an Education District in October 1988 by an agreement between six member districts   (see Education District Agreement and Bylaws).  From 1978 to 1988 the Education District was organized as a Joint Powers Special Education Cooperative.


Office Hours:

7:30-4:30 Monday-Friday

Office Closed October 16, 2020 (MEA)


October Meetings-Virtual

October 21st  3:30-4:30

BSED Board of Directors

All Region 5/7 Community of Practice Meetings

will be held virtually until further notice. 


Benton Stearns Education District-Main Office

517 2nd Street South

Sartell, MN 56377  

​Tel: 320.252.8427

​Fax: 320.252.1316   

Benton Stearns Programs

Voyagers and New Frontiers

324 3rd Ave S

Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

​Tel: 320.253.8940

​Fax: 320.253.1846    

Pioneers and ASD Program-New Location in Sartell

212 3rd Avenue North

Sartell, MN  56377

Tel:  320.257.9989

Fax: 320.257-9988

Upcoming Training Opportunities

CPI Training and Refresher Schedule


For Staff in Sauk Rapids-Rice and

Sartell-St. Stephen

Full Course Trainings - at BSED 

January 11 and 12, 2021 4:00-8:00

Refresher Course Trainings - at BSED 

Nov. 17, 2020 4:00-8:00

Feb. 23, 2021 4:00-8:00

Register on line 

Call for assistance:

Laurie Nelson-320-252-8427 or email


CPI Resources During Distance Learning

Top 10 De-escalation Tips

Handle with Care Training Schedule


For BSED, Foley, Holdingford, Kimball, Rocori School Districts

Registration Information Link

Initial Training-All at BSED Office

October 1st and 5th  POST PONED

December 1st and 3rd  4:00-7:00 pm

March 2 and 4th 4:00-7:00 pm

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