DEXTER - SAD 46 directors will act next week on a recommendation to provide more classroom space without disrupting the combined elementary-middle school library located in a portable classroom. A special board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 22, at Dexter Regional High School, to act on a recommendation to rearrange within the building to find space for two day treatment programs for special needs children.
The matter was to have been addressed at a Dec. 15 board meeting, but that meeting was canceled because of inclement weather.
Earlier this month, directors spent hours trying to find a solution for the overcrowding that has taken the district by surprise. A number of unanticipated elementary pupils, including special needs children, were registered just days before school started in the past two years. That required the addition of a fourth kindergarten class, a fourth first-grade class, and a second day treatment program.
A classroom for the first day treatment program was created from space in a cramped, windowless room near the stage, but after seeing the conditions, directors felt it was inadequate and sought to relocate that classroom and find space for the second.
The facilities committee had recommended that the two day treatment programs be moved temporarily into a portable classroom now occupied by the K-8 library. But that recommendation was not supported by the full board.
SAD 46 Superintendent Lester Butler said Friday that the facilities committee would recommend that the day treatment programs be temporarily situated in the literacy center and the teachers room. He said teachers have agreed to use the windowless room near the stage until the end of the year.
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