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Mid-Prairie East Elementary School has solved its space issue … temporarily.
Last week, the school board agreed with the administration’s recommendation to utilize an existing space by the library for the music program, as well as giving music teacher Heather Herschberger the option of bringing music to classrooms.
“The recommendation is to give Heather the choice of long space inside or go classroom-to-classroom,” Superintendent Mark Schneider said, adding that it could be a combination of the two, depending on what is being taught.
He emphasized that the option is only considered a temporary solution until a permanent plan could be put in place.
“It’s easier for me to palate that knowing we’d have a solution in a year or so,” board President Jeremy Pickard said.
Hershberger said she would have to make adjustments to the music program.
“I don’t know how to think about it with fidelity for a whole year,” she said. “I would probably do less stuff.”
She added that she would probably need a portable sound system for her mobile classroom.
The space crunch came when the board added an additional first grade classroom that will take over the music room due to increasing enrollment numbers.
In June, the board rejected an option to purchase a $300,000 portable classroom.
Schneider presented other options put together by Principal Robin Foster.
Those included renting the Performance Therapies space in the strip mall on Hwy. 1 for $2,100 per month and moving a preschool class there, converting the outdoor classroom into an additional inside classroom, and adding a wall to the West Elementary School library to create an additional preschool classroom.
Utilizing the 540-square foot space at East Elementary as a temporary solution was chosen because of concerns about notifying parents and students about a location change on short notice, according to Schneider.