By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Madison Schools’ officials are reviewing three options for installing additional modular classrooms in the district.
Deputy Superintendent John Hurd told the Groveport Madison Board of Education at its Oct. 12 meeting that the district could install a 10 classroom modular unit at Sedalia Elementary, Glendening Elementary, or at Groveport Elementary. He asked the board to consider choosing two of the three options at the board’s Nov. 9 meeting so the modulars could be installed by June.
“Sedalia is the best site for a modular. A modular at Sedalia would help ease the student overcrowding in the north end of the district,” said Hurd, who added it could also allow for some elementary school attendance boundary realignment.
The proposed modular at Groveport Elementary would be placed in the lower parking lot behind the school. The proposed modular at Glendening would be on the west side of the school and could result in the removal of two, large old trees.
Board member Bryan Shoemaker suggested the configuration of the layout of the proposed modular at Glendening be changed slightly in order to save the two trees.
Hurd told the board modulars are at most an eight year temporary solution to the district’s overcrowding.
Added Superintendent Bruce Hoover, “Modulars are a short term fix.”
Hoover said Madison and Asbury elementaries have the most immediate overcrowding issues. He noted at Asbury the library has been divided with partitions into three small, cramped classrooms.
Shoemaker said he feels the district should consider moving ahead with one of the three temporary modular options and then proceed with a more permanent solution to its building needs.
Hoover said he plans to present a long term facility plan to the board at its Dec. 14 meeting.