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Parents voice concerns about future of Lake Minatare Elementary

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About a dozenconcerned parents come to the first of several meetings to discuss the futureof a KOTA Territory rural school.

Lake Minatare Elementary is facing the potential of needingmore than a million dollars worth of facility upgrades in the coming years. District leaders are holding a series of meetings to startthe conversation of what that means for the aging school house.

Scottsbluff Public School's Facility and Maintenance Director Randy Scottsays the school's boiler is unlikely to pass its 2015 inspection.  "What happens is you get a little bit of a snowball effect," explains Scott. "If we replace the boiler, then that mandated changes to the electrical to meetcode. If we make those changes we have to address some egress lighting andother things they require."

This news does not sit will with some community members. They fear too much work is needed to make Lake MinatareElementary viable to keep operating.

"To me, the underlying theme is yes- you want to close theschool," says 3rd Grade Parent Dave Kleensang. "I don't think there's any doubt about it. But that's my opinion. Thiswas all of a sudden quick thing that this is scare tactics to try to convinceus this is what needs to be done."

Two more community meetings are scheduled for next week atLake Minatare Elementary. The school board is also looking for volunteers toparticipate on an ongoing task force to continue the conversation beyond these initialmeetings.

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