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RIVERSIDE – As the Ainsworth Elementary’s time as a school building approaches its end, a couple aspects of the buildings future were discussed at the latest school board meeting April 24.
Ainsworth came up during the report of board members and administration as an update on the building was provided. Superintendent Chris Armstrong stated that they were “leaving the ball in their court” regarding the future plans for the building.
He said the item will be on the city council’s agenda at their next meeting May 9 and that they plan to hold at least two town hall sessions on what to do with the building.
“I think there’s some momentum that the community is going to take over the whole building,” Armstrong stated.
The district also got demolition costs, around $53,000, if the city wanted to demolish the building back to the gym and the surrounding classrooms.
Before any talk of selling the building to the city becomes serious, Armstrong said the city first has to decide what it wants to do with it.
Armstrong also said that they are in the beginning stages of planning the move of materials to the building. Some technology, like the electronic boards used in some of the classrooms, and furniture, like desks or chairs, which are newer will be moved to replace older versions at Riverside.
The district has not decided if they need to hire a moving company to move the larger furniture.
Armstrong noted that teachers have begun the process of sorting through classroom materials and admitted that educators generally have a hard time getting rid of things.
“I had a talk in the teacher’s lunchroom the other day and the elementary music teacher came to me and said ‘Well Mr. Armstrong, you’ve convinced me. It’s time to get rid of these 1938 music books,’” he said.
They have not decided how they are going to get rid of everything they no longer have use for, whether it’s sold off as a garage sale or left out for the public to take. Anything that is not taken will be thrown out.
With the district set to be out of the building in June, it is affecting some of the summer programs. The district is looking at “hybrid systems” for their summer library program and all summer school classes will be held at Riverside.
Periodical events have been held with students from both elementary schools to help ease the transition so kids at the school can start to get to know each other ahead of the start of the next school year.