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New school building suggested in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on April 21, 2010

Jackson School in La Salle has been in use since 1939, but its years are numbered.  A committee that looked at building needs in the La Salle Public School District is recommending the building that’s used for Pre-K be closed because it’s functionally obsolete. 

          The Facilities Planning Committee gave a 19-page statement to the school board Tuesday night.  They think Lincoln Junior High and Northwest Elementary are out of classroom and storage space.  They’ve suggested three remedies.

          In all cases, they want Jackson closed and 6th grade moved out of Lincoln.  In one scenario, an addition is constructed at Northwest School to accommodate 6th graders.

          They believe the best scenario would be to build a new school for grades fourth through sixth. 

          Dan Marenda is the superintendent.  He says the school board will be looking at funding options.  He hopes they could find a solution by the end of the school year.  He thinks they could build a new school without raising the tax rate.

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