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Architect to conduct analysis of Corwith, LuVerne schools

CWL Superintendent Tom Fey is pleased at how whole-grade sharing discussions are progressing, and the positive attitude shown by members of the three communities about the impending change.

One of the big topics on the agenda of the LuVerne Board of Education last week was discussing public input from the Jan. 31 meeting in Corwith, where the LuVerne and Corwith-Wesley boards presented information and answered questions on their plans to enter into a whole-grade sharing agreement with Algona or West Hancock in 2014.
The C-W board had two members present in LuVerne last week.
“All in all, I think the board felt the Jan. 31 meeting went very well and we had good discussion,” School superintendent Tom Fey said.
“The board commented several times how positive the community members were and as we know, sometimes meetings like this can get ugly at times and ours did not,” Fey said.
Since the districts are exploring whole-grade sharing involving middle school and high school, one of the proposals being considered is to close the Corwith building and house elementary students in the LuVerne building.
But before the boards make a final decision on which building to retain, they will be looking for an outside consultant to make a recommendation after an in-depth study.
Fey reported he has asked an architect from Mason City to conduct a facilities analysis of both the LuVerne and Corwith school buildings to determine which building would best suit housing an elementary school over the long-term.
“Selecting the proper building will be an issue to some people and so we are going to have an architect go through both buildings and conduct a facilities analysis for us to determine which building is better suited for grades K-6. We want them to look at the structure of both facilities, the boiler, the roof, the room sizes and room availability, and lots of other things of importance,” Fey said.