Monday, July 6, 2009

Hearing Planned on School Merger

The Putnam County School Board will have what is described as a "town hall-type" meeting in Monterey Tuesday. It is scheduled to begin at 5:30 pm and is being held to discuss the possiblity of building an addition onto Burks Middle School, thereby making it a Kingertarten through eighth grade school. Officials say that would ultimately means the eventual closing of Uffelman Elemantary School. Officials say Uffelman will be overcrowded this fall and the fourth grade classes are already set to be held in some empty classrooms at Burks Middle. If the plan goes forward, Burks Middle School would add 14 classrooms, and also expand their library and cafeteria. But officials say there are still many questions to be answered, which is part of the reason they are holding the public hearing.