Demoney addition dedicated
The public had the chance to see the new improvements at Demoney Elementary with the school dedication Monday night by the Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education and guests.
Molly Anderson, ELC board president, took note that the building process began Jan. 26, 2006 when the EL4C committee first met. It was just 11 months later that 81.9 percent of district voters approved the bond for the Demoney improvements and addition as well as improvements to the high school and a new middle school.
“We just wanted to say thank you,” Anderson said. “That’s why we’re here.”
Anderson also offered thanks to staff for helping get back into the classrooms on a tight deadline.
One question arose as to why the district moved from a neighborhood school concept.
Anderson said by consolidating facilities it allows the school to share school professionals, equipment and facilities. Consolidating facilities also cuts down greatly on transportation costs, she said.
Elementary principal Kris Schlievert said most of the students at McKinley were bussed, adding to cost, and that teachers did not have as much time to meet with colleagues when they were in separate facilities.
Superintendent Dick Magnuson also noted that consolidating facilities helped make them equal for all students throughout the district. He said a single campus was also more efficient.