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Sidney Public Schools, city makes plans for North Elementary school site

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Big plans are in store for an outdated elementary school in the southern panhandle.
The North Elementary School building in Sidney is likely to be torn down, if a new school bond measure passes this May.

"One of the things voters wanted to know about was what's going to happen at the (North Elementary School) site, so we've partnered with the city to work on that," said Sidney Public Schools Superintendent Jay Ehler.

The school currently houses second and third graders, but Superintendent Ehler says the facility is outdated and the district is looking to build a new school somewhere else in town.

Ehler says the district has been working with the city to develop a plan for the lot if the school is torn down.
"We need new tennis courts, and possibly a new outdoor basketball court. The city is considering where to put that and that's the site we're hoping maybe they will consider."

Ehler said it's also possible to expand the school's construction class curriculum to build a few houses on the lot in the coming years.

Some parts of the school such as the modular buildings will still be used for school bus drop-off's and pick-ups, or community meetings.

"We're just trying to make it a good place so that people who live in the North neighborhood have something that is nice for the North side," Ehler said. "because for the most part, Sidney kind of grows away from the North side just because we're landlocked there and the way the railroad tracks sit. However, we have a lot of residents on the North side that we want to keep happy when we can."

But Ehler says all the plans for the North Elementary School building and site are contingent on the new school bond measure passing this May.


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