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USD 407 BOE Discusses Facilities Planning, MINUTES NOW INCLUDED

USD 407 BOEThe USD 407 Board of Education continued talks on facilities planning at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening.

Rising utility costs and dwindling enrollment numbers have forced the Board to consider closing certain district buildings or rearrange the current class alignments, but Superintendent Dave Couch says this years Kindergarten enrollment of 69 students - nearly 20 more than expected - just goes to show that it's hard to plan for the future.

"The Board has nine options in front of them; all the way from keeping what we currently have to all sorts of grade alignments throughout the buildings," Couch said. "When you've got that many options in front of you, it's going to take a while to narrow them down. The uncertainty in enrollment numbers, the uncertainty in state funding and all those things make facility planning extremely difficult."

The Board will hold a work study session sometime in January to further discuss its options. No decision of any kind was made Monday evening.

Also addressed at the Board's most recent meeting, the acceptance of many grants and donations from area groups, the hearing of how the recent Russell High School FFA trip to Indianapolis went, consideration of beginning a summer lunch program, and further discussion about the possibility of starting a staff recognition program.

Also held was an executive session for personnel matters with no action being taken.

CLICK HERE to view the meeting minutes.

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