Perrysburg schools crowded (10-4-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 04 October 2013 09:41
PERRYSBURG - A majority of school board members agree some buildings are overcrowded and the district should begin researching a long-term solution, possibly involving new construction.
A survey completed by four of five board members was presented at a work session Tuesday by Superintendent Tom Hosler. It touched on areas such as overcrowding at the junior high and elementary schools, possible grade re-configuration, and whether a new building would be an appropriate long-term solution.
The survey was not completed by Mark Schoenlein, who said he wanted to see a detailed study completed by an outside group of how district buildings are used before weighing in himself.
"We need to put real numbers" behind decisions rather than "emotion," he said.
Board member Valerie Hovland said she and members of the strategic facilities committee had been doing such research on their own by visiting school buildings.
Based on survey responses, board members generally favor a plan to shift to a grade configuration that would put kindergarten through fourth in one building; fifth and sixth in another, possibly new building; grades seven and eight in the junior high; and nine through 12 in the current high school. Responses indicated opposition to several options, including building a new junior high on the high school site, and converting the junior high to a school for grades five and six.
A possible location for a new school building is district property near Ohio 199, currently used for soccer fields.
Hosler said enrollment has increased by 1 to 2 percent each year since he joined the district in 2006. He indicated a random voter survey would also be performed to gauge the opinions and concerns of community members.
"This is an important decision for them, certainly."
Hosler said continuing temporary solutions, such as the portable classrooms the district purchased this year to address elementary school overcrowding, would seem to "kick the can down the road" to future board members and administrators.

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