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The City

August 30, 2012

Mullen roof repairs prove difficult

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But Buckley didn’t have much of an answer. 

“How that’s going to work with neighbors, I don’t really know,” Buckley said.  

Vantine said he wouldn’t release financial information regarding if the roof work will cost more than expected until the entire job is done, but said there is a chance the replacement will go over budget. 

Both Valentine and Buckley said that despite the delay, they are happy they decided to go ahead with the roof replacement this summer.

“Based on the winters we have here, we are making a good decision,” Buckley said. 

School board officials also discussed the declining enrollment rates in the district at Tuesday’s board meeting. 

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Mary Beth Scullion gave a report on this year’s enrollment numbers at Tuesday’s meeting and said the district currently has 1,823 students enrolled.

“That is down almost 25 percent from 2001,” Vantine said.

Scullion also said that a few class sizes are over the goal of 25 students, and a few kindergarten classes are up to 20 students per class.

“I’m concerned with 20 per class,” Mysliwy said. “Those kids are tough, and the standards that they have for those kids are tough. But I know there isn’t much room in the budget for anything.”

In addition, Riverview Elementary is beginning to bust at the seams. Although it’s always had higher enrollment rates than the other elementary schools, this year, the gap is even larger. 

If the trend continues, the board may have to reorganize the district boundaries or look at other options. 

“We need to keep an eye on that trend,” Scullion said. “The school is already at capacity.” 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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