LSC considers reopening Oakland Elementary, moving Oakland High

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Reopening the Oakland School building as an elementary school appears to be the favored choice to ease Lafayette’s looming overcrowding issues.

The school board held a special work session Monday evening to talk about the solutions proposed by a recent task force.

Reopening Oakland as an elementary school was one of the top two solutions reached by seven of the eight task force groups. It hasn’t served as an elementary school since the spring of 2009.

The building can hold up to 300 students and is the current home for about 75 students at Oakland High School.

“Making Oakland an elementary school just seems to fit within the demographics of the kids that are within that area and it’s probably the easiest solution to begin the process,” said LSC School Board member Steve Bultinck.

Board members discussed the domino effect this option could have.

They said if Oakland is officially chosen, their next priority would be to find a permanent home for Oakland High School, possibly at the former Washington Elementary School, which is the current home of the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy and several other programs.

School officials will now work to answer some logistical and financial questions before making an official decision.

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