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Board to consider grades 5-6 building
By By Alica P. Thiele
Challenger reporter

June 05. 2013 9:34AM
The Brandon Valley school board will hear recommendations at their next meeting about whether the district should build a school for fifth and sixth graders.

With the middle school at 90 percent capacity, Superintendant Dave Pappone said, “in the year 2015-2016, that building’s going to be, I’ll use the word, crowded. So there’s a clear need to do something."

Recently, the board appointed a facility review committee to recommend a way to deal with expected capacity at the middle school, plus to make recommendations on safety measures and other district building needs.

Board member Gregg Ode told the board last week that review committee chairpersons Jean Bender and Mike Klumpp, both former school board presidents, will present the committee’s facts and findings at Monday’s school board meeting.

Pappone said it’s expected that the committee will recommend that the district build a school for grades fice and six, plus make a recommendation on the location of that school.
School budget
The board is expected to approve the 2013-2014 school year budget on July 11. A budget hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the highs school community room, where business manager Paul Lundberg will make a budget presentation and the board will hear public comment.

At 6 p.m., the board’s annual organizational meeting will begin. The board will select a president, appoint members to committees and designate the district’s depositories and legal newspaper. The board also will conduct regular business and is expected to adopt the 2013-2014 budget.

The meeting is being held on a Thursday because the board’s regular meeting day, Aug. 8, was too soon after the July 4 holiday, Pappone said.

The Facilities Needs Committee will present their recommendation for a grades 5-6 building at Monday's school board meeting. The location of the building has been an issue of discussion for the group. Challenger file photo

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