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A new district office

PES looks at options

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 1:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014 1:44 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Princeton Elementary School District office may have a new location next year.

At this week’s board meeting, Superintendent Tim Smith reported he had recently met with the PES Buildings and Grounds Committee to discuss whether the current district office, located on Dover Road, should be upgraded or abandoned.

The office building has experienced issues over the years, including flooding and field mice.

Board member Doris Hamilton said the committee came to the conclusion to wait until next year’s move of PES students/teachers to different buildings to see how the offices stack up with the new population.

“Then at that time we’ll be able to make a motion to move the office, and hopefully to move them some place to get them out of that particular environment,” she said.

The two options mentioned at the meeting for the new district office home were Reagan Middle School in Tiskilwa and Douglas Grade School.

A big consideration is finding a facility where the school buses could be parked and maintained. It would be ideal to have a garage large enough to pull buses into when they needed repairs.

“We left with a lot of open questions,” said Hamilton referring to the meeting. “In my opinion, the office staff should be moved to some other place. We just really won’t know where until the move.”

In the meantime, Smith said they will be addressing the water issues at the building and will have a general contractor on sight to give advice on temporary repairs.

Smith also plans to get in touch with a company to check for potential mold inside the building. He confirmed the building had never been tested, and Hamilton said it was something she believed could be a real issue.

In other news, the board:

• With regret, dismissed 11 staff members through a reduction in force. The staff members include Bright Beginnings parent facilitators Janet Becker and Barb Metzger; Bright Beginnings secretary Mary D. Ambrosio; Bright Beginnings aides Shelley Colton, Tracey Newberry and Holly Wright; Early Beginnings parent educators Marcia Caldwell and Lynn Ferrell; Bright Beginnings teachers Stacey Cherry and Ryan Crawley; fifth grade teacher Jodi Hartman and band/choir teacher Samantha Farb.

• Set eighth grade graduation at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29 in the Princeton High School gymnasium.

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