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New Schools Planned For Growing Districts

The expansive Lakeland School District is filling in with subdivisions, bringing more children into the area schools.

A long-range plan calls for a new junior high school and, within 10 years, a new high school to serve the northern end of the school district. Also proposed are new elementary schools in the communities of Hauser Lake and Spirit Lake.

The 17-member planning committee that prepared the report has recommended a bond levy election this fall or next spring to finance the new junior high.

The committee settled on 500 to 600 as the optimum size for a junior high. This year, the junior high had more than 800 students and is expected to have nearly 1,000 in two years, according to school officials.

Another priority is to resolve a sewage problem at Garwood Elementary School, allowing expansion there. Now the Panhandle Health District will not allow additions to the school due to the limits of its septic system.

Additional classrooms also will be needed soon at Lakeland Senior High School, the committee concluded.

The School Board has not acted on the committee’s recommendations. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 10.

, DataTimes

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