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(Neb)-School Library-District Office Plan Triggers Public Meeting  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/06/2018 08:32 AM
CRAWFORD - A group of Crawford school district patrons is holding a public meeting tonight at 5:00 in the new Crawford Fire Hall to talk about a proposal to be voted on Monday night by the school board to convert the elementary school library into district offices with a meeting room.

        Jack Hunter, one of the organizers, say the meeting is intended to both learn more about the reasoning behind the proposal - although the school board and administration have declined to attend - and to plan the best ways to get their concerns across to the school board Monday night

       Superintendent Kirk Hughes says the project would be something of a daisy chain in the elementary school by moving the current district offices on the stage of the multi-purpose room, the school library, and the Title I room.

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Hughes says it would be a better use of space, but opponents say it would waste money and have a negative impact on education.

       They point out that the elementary library was just remodeled and refurbished as part of last year's construction project, so the tax money spent on the earlier work would be wasted.

     On the education side, teacher Alicia Hunter told the school board at its last meeting that the library is also used as a computer lab as well the location to the state's required tests.

      She said the multi-purpose room stage isn't large enough to allow the testing to be done there and that doing it in classrooms might require removing posters and other items from the walls, depending on the subject of the testing.

      A half-page ad in the Crawford Clipper newspaper for tonight's meeting asks "where is the accountability to the students and the taxpayers ?" and asks those with "issues of how your tax dollars are being spent" to attend.

      Monday night's school board meeting begins at 6:00 in the Distance Learning Building.


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