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New $30M school for USC?

By Staff | May 22, 2011

USC School

United South Central School District officials have known for some time the high school is in dire condition and something has to be done.

“We have a serious facility issue,” says Superintendent Jerry Jensen. “The building is at least 80 years old.”

The six-member School Board is beginning to weigh its options.

On Monday, representatives of a Twin Cities architect firm inspected the school.

“They will do an analysis of space needs for our different programs and departments,” says Jensen.

Shared spaces such as the auditorium and gyms also will be reassessed.

Board chair Kathy Krebsbach says there has been a special meeting with the architects. She says the firm has worked with the district on three previous bonding referendum.

“We want to update the information and make sure it is accurate before going to the public,” she says. “Costs and other things have changed.”

The board is addressing the No. 2 goal in the district’s 2010 Strategic Plan, which involves improving facilties and classrooms.

In addition, Krebsbach says four members of the Blandin Leadership group conducted a random survey of 82 residents in the district’s six communities.

“It was face-to-face and involved a good demographic cross-section of age and occupation,” she says.

While in the preliminary, fact-finding stage the district also has contacted a financial advisory company that works with school districts.

To read more of this article, see this week’s Register.