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Board votes to move ahead on Madison addition

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 12th, 2012

HURON — The Huron Board of Education voted to approve a resolution to issue capital outlay certificates, not to exceed $1,975,000, to fund an addition to Madison Elementary School.

The certificates will be used to fund the addition of classrooms and support spaces in Madison to be completed by the fall of 2013.

This is necessary to accommodate the huge growth in enrollment at the kindergarten center, which will be moving into the Madison first and second grade school next year.

As a preliminary to this vote, the board heard an update and final report from Jeff Hazard of the Koch Hazard architectural firm on the Huron facilities study.

This study outlined four options for the board and the community to consider in remodeling the elementary buildings to house this increased enrollment.

In the coming months, the board will be meeting with community members to discuss a bond measure to finance this large undertaking.

The work would be conducted in various stages beginning with Madison, and would be completed by 2015.

Hazard reported that the firm did look at the possibility of revamping Jefferson as directed by the board, but it is their opinion that Jefferson would be unsuitable for several reasons.

First, it would only be able to house one grade level with no more than 250 students.

To add on the additional, necessary rooms and instructional space would require the loss of most of the playground area, which Hazard said would be inadequate. Jefferson’s playground area now covers more than 26,000 square feet, but after renovations and additions to the existing building, the playground would be just over 6,000 square feet.

The board has set a public meeting for Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. for the community to hear more about the facilities study. The meeting will be held in either the high school or middle school commons and will be announced in more detail later.

Another story concerning Monday’s school board will be printed in Wednesday’s edition, while a story about the board meeting with local legislators for lunch on Monday will run later this week.

For the complete article see the 12-11-2012 issue.

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