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Southwest Local School Board Approves Use Of Portable Classrooms

Posted On January 11, 2017

By Travis Thayer

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The Southwest Local School Board of Education voted 5-0 on Tuesday to add modular classrooms that look like this. Photo provided.

(Harrison, Oh.) – Portable classrooms appear to be heading to Southwest Local Schools to keep up with growing student enrollment.

Thanks to new home development in Crosby Township, the number of students at Crosby Elementary and Harrison Junior School has increased which has caused discussion about the use of modular classrooms.

On Tuesday night, the Southwest Local school board voted 5-0 on to lease modular classrooms at the two growing schools.

“The Board of Education sees this as the necessary short-term fix for our enrollment boom,” Superintendent John C. Hamstra said afterward. “Board members fully understand that this is not a long-term solution.”

The next steps include signing a contract with the company that will lease the modular to Southwest. The cost of leasing the portable classrooms is expected to be about 130-thousand dollars per year.

Each of the last two years, voters in the Southwest Local School District have defeated school levies that would have allowed for schools to be built or expanded.

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