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No happy solution for Alta shortage of classrooms

Thursday, April 12, 2001

With discussion of a middle school expansion under reevaluation, Alta's classroom space shortages have not eased.

This week, the school board considered ideas to try to keep all general education classes in the elementary building next year.

With the assumption that all general education classes would be located in the elementary building, the school board and several administrators discussed concerns of classroom placement for the next school year during Monday night's school board meeting.

"Space is still the issue," elementary principal Maxine Lampe said. "There is no happy solution."

The discussion dealt with what classes should be held in the four portables, located south of the elementary building. This year Laurie Aube's 6th grade class is using a portable, along with the ESL, At-Risk, Vocal, TAG and Early Intervention classes.

"We've studied it and it's a tough one," Lampe said. "We started with the assumption that all classes should be in the building. If a class should be in the portable, then we believe the 6th grade is the option."

Lampe said the sixth grade students tend to travel lighter. The younger students have more winter clothing and bags to deal with, she said.

Superintendent Fred Maharry said the situation is a great example of the spacing problems the school district is facing.

The board, along with the input from administrators, discussed recommendation from Lampe to possibly move the art room to the portable for the next school year.

Read the rest of this story in the 10/12 Pilot Tribune.

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