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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • School closing to be discussed during hearing

  • Members of the Easton school board will be holding a public hearing next month to discuss the planned closing of Salt Creek Valley Elementary School.
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  • Members of the Easton school board will be holding a public hearing next month to discuss the planned closing of Salt Creek Valley Elementary School.
    School officials voiced plans for eventually closing the school as part of a $4 million bond issue that was approved by voters last year.
    But state law requires such a hearing for closing a public school, according to Superintendent Chuck Coblentz.
    The public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 12 at the Easton Board of Education office, 32502 Easton Road. Conblentz said members of the public will be able to voice their opinions about closing Salt Creek Valley Elementary, which houses the district's fourth- and fifth-grade classes.
    The bond issue, which passed in April 2012, is paying for additions and renovations to Pleasant Ridge Elementary School. The additional classroom wings will make it possible to move the fourth- and fifth-grade classes from Salt Creek Valley to Pleasant Ridge Elementary.
    The Easton board has published a proposed resolution for closing Salt Creek Valley Elementary School. The resolution argues that closing the building "will result in greater efficiency for the school district."
    Coblentz said board members will be able to vote on the resolution following the public hearing.
    The 2013-2014 school year is scheduled to begin Aug. 14, and Coblentz said the new additions at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School should be ready.
    "I think we'll be in fine shape," he said.
    If the resolution for closing Salt Creek Valley is approved, items such as computers, furniture and teacher materials would be moved to Pleasant Ridge Elementary in July. Coblentz said memorabilia items such a photographs will be saved and moved.
    The superintendent said a decision has not been made about what to with the Salt Creek Valley building, which was built in 1957, if the school is closed.
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