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.


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Main Office Hours :

7:30-4:00 Monday-Friday

Special Ed Advisory Council - SEAC -

Parent Mtgs

6:00-7:30pm at Ed District Office 

517 2nd Street South, Sartell, MN  56377

October 25, 2021

February 28, 2021 

April 11, 2022


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-

212 3rd Avenue North

Sartell, MN  56377

Tel:  320.257.9989

Fax: 320.257-9988

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Handle with Care Training Schedule

More Information to Come


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Call for assistance:

Laurie Nelson-320-252-8427 or email