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The Highland school board has some tough decisions ahead of it.
There are numerous capital projects that need funding but limited money available.
Monday night school board members talked about some of those projects during a work session held to discuss issues without taking action.
Among the projects discussed:
• Adding on to either the elementary school or the middle school, depending on where fifth-grade students attend.
• Updating the elementary school playground.
• Installing new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning at all of the district buildings.
• Improving the air-conditioning in the district kitchen and replacing outdated appliances such as refrigerators in use there.
The big question – left unanswered – was how much the district is going to grow and when that growth will come.
“We have some major projects ahead of us,” Superintendent Ken Crawford said, adding that the board must set priorities for spending the limited funds available to the district.
Voters may be reluctant to pass bond issues to support building projects until the schools are overflowing, he said.
“You are going to stretch yourself for a couple of years,” Crawford said.
On the issue of where fifth-graders will attend school, former Superintendent Mike Jorgensen cautioned, “A fifth-grade move is not imminent.”
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