Stanford preschoolers will move to central office

June 11, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - The name of the game in the Lincoln County school system is the pre-school shuffle. With no additional classroom trailers in the future of Stanford Elementary to help with overcrowding, the school is scrambling for space for students next year.

Still awaiting the passage of a facilities plan to alleviate overcrowding at both Stanford and Hustonville elementaries by building a sixth-grade center, Lincoln County Board of Education voted Thursday to move four preschool classes to the central office to free one classroom at Stanford in the interim.

"That's our way of playing musical chairs in Lincoln County," said board member David Hacker after the motion passed.

The preschool students would be grouped in classes no larger than 17 pupils and placed in four refurbished rooms at the central office. While carpet and dropped ceilings are already in place, the cluster of rooms still needs new electrical wiring, heating and air conditioning units, furniture and bathroom facilities.


The cost of the work is estimated at $107,716 by the director of buildings and grounds, P.D. Roller.

Board member Randy McGuffey questioned why the rooms were deemed uninhabitable several years ago, due to dampness and mold, but were now OK to use as a possible permanent solution.

"The mold was too bad, the dampness was too bad, and that's why Stanford Elementary was built," said McGuffey. And while the idea has merit as a Band-Aid for overcrowding "... I don't think this is the right way for a permanent fix."

Board member Mike Taylor also expressed concern at making the move permanent.

In the face of the state's refusal to provide any additional trailers for Stanford classrooms, "we do what's going to get us through," said Hacker, before making the motion to accept the proposal.

After the meeting, Roller said he was not aware of any current conditions in the building that would make the rooms uninhabitable. He also said that more rooms could be added to the cluster as the need arises, which is expected with each school year as attendance grows past cap sizes and a facilities plan is not passed.

Don't look to the state Department of Facilities Management to provide anymore trailers at Stanford, said Roller.

"They do not like portable units. They want a facilities plan to plan ahead and a building built," said Roller.

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