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Eden primary school to continue to educate students in pre-K through second grade

The primary school will continue to educate students in prekindergarten through second grade in the Eden Central School District while the Board of Education decides what kind of capital project to pursue.

Board members selected that option Wednesday night from a range of choices presented March 4.

They intend to create a middle school-high school by moving the sixth-graders from Eden Elementary School to the Eden Junior-Senior High School. The elementary school would continue to hold third through fifth grades and the district’s offices would move there from the junior-senior high school.

In the Grover L. Priess Primary School, the district may lease space to a day care center. The district offers half-day prekindergarten with morning and afternoon sessions. Parents could leave their children in the day care center for the other half of the day if the district leases part of the building.

Superintendent Sandra Anzalone recommended the second option because it gives the district leeway for future changes.

“Option 2 also allows us to have swing space while we’re doing construction,” she said.

Officials will decide other details of Eden CSD 2020, a capital project, in the upcoming months. The board had to vote on the primary school’s fate Wednesday before considering other aspects.

Board members will probably make another decision about the primary school in 10 to 15 years, Anzalone said.