Changes made to address concerns about new school in WL

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Plans for renovations and a new elementary school in West Lafayette were presented to the school board in a work session Monday night. Those plans now include changes based on concerns from the community.

The proposed plans come after growing enrollment and infrastructure issues.

As News 18 has reported, Happy Hollow Elementary would get a new building at the Burtsfield Gym site. Happy Hollow would then become an early childhood center.

But some residents living near the Burtsfield Gym have voiced several concerns. Superintendent Rocky Killion told the board the conceptual plans now include changes like reduced parking and more green space.

Killion also had administrators and teachers talk to the board about the need for renovations in all three schools.

“So that we can do what’s best for our students, as well as for our community, with regards to maintaining our academic excellence and you do that best as Dr. Deming would say, by listening to those that are doing the work, that are on the front lines,” he said.

Killion reminded the board they are trying to do all of this without raising taxes.

The board will vote on the plans on Oct. 3.

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