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

We are currently limiting number of staff in our building during the stay at home order by Governor Walz.  

May Meetings-

All meetings will go virtual during May.  Check with your meeting facilitator to access the zoom or google hangout link.


Benton Stearns Education District

517 2nd Street South

Sartell, MN 56377  

​Tel: 320.252.8427

​Fax: 320.252.1316   

Voyagers Program

324 3rd Ave S

Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

​Tel: 320.253.8940

​Fax: 320.253.1846    

Upcoming Training Opportunities

​All CPI Training has been cancelled until further notice to ensure the health and well being of all participants.  

CPI Resources During Distance Learning

Top 10 De-escalation Tips

Register by phone: 320-252-8427 or email

Laurie Nelson


Benton-Stearns New Frontiers

1540 Northway Drive

St. Cloud Technical and Community College

St. Cloud, MN 56303



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