Friday, September 7, 2012

South Central Calhoun School District is debating what to do with the old school building in Lohrville.

The building is no longer being used, and the board has had the building as a discussion item on its agenda for several months.

Superintendent of Rockwell City-Lytton and Southern Cal, Jeff Kruse, said there will probably be an auction in November to sell contents inside the building that are no longer needed.

He said both the Rockwell City-Lytton and Southern Cal school boards will need to vote on the auction because both districts own items in the building.

Kruse said the boards could also vote on holding an auction of the school the same day.

He said the school board would have to first host a public meeting before voting to sell the school.

That vote would take place during the board’s September meeting.

Kruse did not mention any other options for the vacant building.

IKM-Manning is in the beginning stages of possibly consolidating its elementary schools, according to Superintendent Tom Ward.

He said the school has been looking at what is best for the future of the school as enrollment numbers decline.

According to the Iowa Department of Education, the school lost about 75 students between the 2011 and 2012 school year. This year’s official state enrollments will be released after Oct. 1.

Discussion on the future of IKM-Manning schools will resume during its board meeting on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in Manilla.

Coon Rapids-Bayard will have an open house on Monday, Sept. 10, for its elementary-school addition that was built onto its high school.

It is the first time that the Coon Rapids-Bayard school district is under one roof, and it’s estimated the move will save the district between $50,000 and $60,000 yearly.

The project was bid at $3.1 million, awarded to Badding Construction of Carroll. The open house will begin at 6 p.m., and a school board meeting will follow at 7.