UNDATED -- Education made some noise in 2016 with two school districts passing referendums for new high schools.

The Sartell-St. Stephen school district approved a $105.8-million bond referendum in May to build a brand new $89.5-million high school, and upgrades towards their other buildings.

A chef's kitchen, a black box theatre, student ran coffee shop and plenty of group collaborating spaces is in the works for the new school expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.

In St. Cloud the Technical High School approved their $104.5-million levy this past November for a new high school as well. This comes after one previously failed referendum the previous year.

The new Tech high school will be designed to hold about 1,600 students and be built on some district owned land along 33rd Street South.

Plans have the new school expected to be open in the fall of 2019.

Sauk Rapids-Rice is also in talks of bringing a referendum to voters in May to build a new elementary school in 2017.

Sartell- St. Stephen High School design (Chrissy Gaetke, WJON)