What Should Be Salem's School Renovation Plan?
A number of scenarios came up during Tuesday night's forum, take our poll on what you would like to see.
A public forum on Salem school renovations Tuesday brought up a number of different scenarios for what voters will see on the 2013 ballot.
The Salem School Board is steadfast in wanting to get renovations complete at the three remaining elementary schools in town. Barron, Lancaster and North Salem Elementary Schools are already renovated, while Fisk, Soule and Haigh Elementary Schools.
Haigh is the school that may either be left out completely from the renovation picture for 2013 or have a reduced level of renovations compared to Fisk and Soule schools.
In 2012, a plan to renovate Fisk, Soule and Haigh failed to receive the needed 60 percent to pass the bond.
This is due to enrollment projections that show a continued precipitious decline based on a study commissioned by the district this year. There are no current plans to close Haigh, but by 2016-2017 there is expected to be 300 fewer elementary school students in Salem compared to now.
Possibilities for next year's ballot measure include renovations to just Fisk and Soule; all three of Fisk, Soule and Haigh; Fisk and Soule with a modified Haigh plan and Fisk and Soule with a minimal Haigh plan.
At Tuesday's forum, several speakers felt Salem High School should be next to be dealt with. The School Board said planning for renovations at SHS will take two years and will take place after the elementary schools are renovated.
After the high school, renovation plans will be made for the oldest public school in Salem, Woodbury Middle School.
So, we ask you to take our poll below. What should be the next phase of elementary school renovations on the ballot for 2013?