Warren's Village School adding space and students
Work has begun in earnest at the Warren Village School on a new 1,300-sqaure-foot addition that will feature a combined library and learning center. The $320,000 project is expected to be complete in August. (John Koziol Photo)
The per-pupil cost of doing so is substantial and has been examined for a while, said Don Bagley, who chairs both the Warren School Board and the SAU 23 School Board.
Bagley, who has been on the Warren school board for more than 24 years, said the Warren Village School is a structure that began life as a two-classroom school, which in 1906 was “jacked up, rotated 180 degrees” and expanded with the construction of two additional classrooms directly below it.
He said that in the 2014-2015 school year, WVS will add a seventh grade and a seventh-grade teacher, repeating the process in 2015-2016 with an eighth-grade class and teacher.
“When you send kids to open tuition you can’t control the costs,” he said, but if you can keep K-8 students in one, in-town school, the expense is controlled.
“We’re just going back to what it used to be, “he summed up.
In her fourth year as the head of the WVS, Melanson said the coming changes are welcome and she thanked voters, staff, the school board, parents and students for helping support them.
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