01/21/15 9:08 p.m.
When Findlay City Schools announced it was struggling with being over capacity for kindergarten through second grade, many began suggesting reopening Washington School, which was closed in 2011 due to low enrollment.
Audio: Ed Kurt
At Wednesday’s strategic planning meeting, Superintendent Ed Kurt explained to community members that with the addition of Millstream there would be increased traffic congestion in the area on schools day if a full elementary school was added. He said there are also not enough elementary students living in that area to justify the change either.
Instead the strategic planning committee will pursue modular units attached to two current buildings. At the meeting community members told Kurt they support the idea of modular units at least for the time being. The modulars will likely be put at Jefferson Primary and Chamberlin Hill Intermediate Schools.
Audio: Ed Kurt
Kurt said the next step will be to bring the decision to the board at their meeting Feb. 16. After that the district will decide which neighborhoods will move to different school zones.
All of the modular units would be paid for with permanent improvement funds and no levy would need to be passed to do so.
Kurt said he expects to be using modular units for three to five years, 10 at most. He said the strategic planning committee will have to decide how it wants to proceed after that.
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