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Jan 14, 2014 11:14 AM by KPAX News Staff

Missoula schools still looking at future plans

MISSOULA - Missoula County Public School district officials are still working to narrow down their options to deal with aging buildings and overcrowding.

Each school site in the district came up with seven options to deal with the future, and those ideas were presented to a steering committee on Monday evening.

Some of the options include business as usual, consolidation, expansion - or even starting over.

School officials hope to prioritize the needs of each building over the next week so they can develop a 15 year plan and then present a bond. Three of the main focus areas are upgrades, technology, and safety and security measures.

"We've got some buildings that are over 100 years old and that's a problem. We're constantly addressing band aid patches to those buildings to keep business operating and to keep kids safe in them," explained MCPS Director of Technology and Communications Hatton Littman.

"But we're at a point where it's not a reasonable investment for the district and for tax payers to continue to manage the buildings the way we are," she added.

A large community listening session will be held Tuesday, Feb.4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jefferson Center.

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