Hartley, IA (KICD)–The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn School District is looking at some building upgrades and a closure.
Superintendent Bill Thompson tells KICD News that the school improvement advisory committee presented a plan to the school board last month to house pre-K-4th graders at a renovated middle school building in Sanborn, make additions to the high school in Hartley and send grades 5-12 there, and close the elementary building in Hartley.
Preliminary cost estimates for the upgrades is $17 million. Thompson says they have held a pair of community meetings and received input from around 400 people.
Thompson says district enrollment is approximately 680 students which is down a couple of hundred students over the past 15-20 years. The Hartley elementary building and Sanborn building are both over 80 years old and have a number of items needed to bring them both up to code including handicapped accessibility.
The HMS School Board will meet at 6:00 this coming Monday and are slated to take action on the SIAC recommendation. If approved the district will look to line up an election date, although Thompson noted it will not be on the September School Board election ballot.