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June 28, 2018 Mid-Prairie East’s music program in search of home
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Mid-Prairie East Elementary School will have a music classroom next year, but where it will be is not decided.

School board members made clear at their meeting Monday night that they don’t want to spend $300,000-plus for a portable classroom to house the music program.

Because of increasing student numbers, the school is adding a first-grade classroom that will go where the music room was last year.

Principal Robin Foster laid out some options. First there was the portable classroom. The next option was shifting space in the school and using rooms that are currently used for special education classes. The third option was converting the school’s outdoor classroom into a more permanent classroom with heating and air conditioning.

The cost of the three options covered a wide spectrum. The portable classrooms would cost about $300,000 including the cost of utilities and ground preparation. The special education classrooms would be minimal cost, but the space is not conducive to teaching music classes. The outdoor classroom conversion would cost $30,000 to $40,000, according to Superintendent Mark Schneider.

Board President Jeremy Pickard offered another option – move the preschool classroom at the elementary school and use that classroom for the music program for a year while the district contemplates building a new classroom prior to any expansion under consideration by a district facilities committee.

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