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Jan 2, 2013 1:50 PM by Dennis Bragg - KPAX News

Lolo School administrators to review facilities plans

LOLO- Lolo School administrators will be rolling up their sleeves again tonight, as they continue working on a proposal to solve the school's serious space problems.

Lolo School is simply bursting at the seams, with an aging facility composed of a mix of buildings erected over the decades above U.S. Highway 93 South.

While the school populations have been fairly steady in recent years at just over 600 students, the real impacts have come in how education has changed, especially providing space for new programs.

That squeeze prompted the district to set up a committee of school leaders and parents last fall to work on the problem. The initial solution is the idea of moving the younger grades to a new school on a 20-acre piece of property off Farm Lane that the district bought back in the 1970s.

The school board has another work session set for Wednesday night to review more information on that concept.

"I know they're taking a very practical look at it and trying to keep the taxpayers in mind, in terms of what they may, or may not be able to afford. But the bottom line is, our backs are up against the wall in terms of meeting the educational needs of the kids," Lolo School Superintendent Mike Magone explained.

Wednesday's meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., and is a work session of the school board. The board has set aside time to take public input on the plan on January 10th, starting at 7 p.m.

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