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Feb 18, 2014 9:21 AM by John Emeigh - MTN News

Anaconda schools considering options as enrollment falls

ANACONDA - Anaconda school officials are considering consolidating some facilities since student enrollment has drastically declined in the Smelter City over the past several years.

Anaconda Superintendent Tom Darnell says the school is looking at a feasibility of closing a school building and consolidate some classes by next school year.

The district's building and grounds committee weighed some options Monday night at a meeting at Butte High School.

Darnell says there are 80 teachers employed in the district and approximately 1,000 students currently enrolled - marking a drop of about 300 students since 2005. Several options are on the table.

"One is to consolidate and move the seventh and eighth grade into the high school building which has a number of rooms available to do that," said Darnell. " Then looking at the three remaining attendance centers and consolidating them into two with a variety of options that have been proposed on how that can be done."

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