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November 30, 2012

New Ceres School meets matching-funds roadblock

PRINCETON — A new elementary school to replace the aging Ceres Elementary School maybe slow in coming to Green Valley.

Superintendent Deborah Akers told the board of education Tuesday night that she was unable to provide any matching money for the project. In her view, this substantially decreased the likelihood of the School Building Administration funding the project.

However, Akers added that additional funds might become available for the board to use to match next year depending on the cost of the Oakvale School project.

That did not deter Board President Greg Prudich.

He still hopes to submit the project to the SBA for consideration this year. He said getting the project into SBA attention would show that there was a need for the elementary school and make sure that when the board does have the matching funds, the SBA will be well aware of the project.

“Plus, you never know; we might get lucky,” Prudich said.

Previously, the board had discussed the implications of replacing Ceres. In order to generate a greater likelihood of funding, Akers told the board that redistricting would be necessary to place the necessary number of students at the school to generate a greater need in the eyes of the SBA members.

The redistricting would take students from the already-overcrowded Glenwood School and communities along Airport Road, where students currently attend Brushfork Elementary School.

“Sometimes redistricting is harder on folks than consolidation is,” Vice President Gilbert “Gene” Bailey told his fellow board members.

Prudich disagreed. He thought the opportunity to attend a new school with brand new features would ease the transition.

Director of Information Services Kellan Sarles hinted that a name change for the school could be in the offing as well. She told the board that she was informally calling the project Green Valley Elementary School.

— Contact Matt Christian at mchristian@ptonline.net.

 

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