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The Board of Education wants more information and possible cost estimates for various configurations of the elementary division.

It will discuss the elementary facilities options further at the preview meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 7.

The board held a special meeting Thursday night on the space problems for elementary pupils.

The district now has about 1,000 pupils in kindergarten through fifth grade housed in four buildings: School 3 on Lamphere Street, School 4 on Central Avenue, School Five on Brigham Road and School 7 on Lake Shore Drive East.

School Five Principal Jay Warren told the board that more space is needed because of requirements such as guidance, speech therapy, migrant services, counseling, medical services, and occupational and physical therapy.

The district is also running programs in special education and English as a Second Language, which need space.

Some time ago, the board discussed having three buildings for students in kindergarten through third grade and one building for grades four and five. One problem with that was that children from one family would be separated.

Other options include reopening School 6 on Benton Avenue, adding rooms to the elementary buildings, double sessions or portable classrooms.

"You can look at one of these or a combination," Superintendent Terry Wolfenden said. "You must also look at programmatic issues. It will be a challenge to raise student achievement. You have to look at class sizes also."

"Achievement is not better with the present configuration," said board Vice President Robert Barlette. "There are problems. This is not working."

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