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Scottsbluff School District and community hammer out tentative agreement for Lake Minatare Elementary

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The future for Scottsbluff's lone country school is looking promising, after a successful series of community meetings.
 
Two weeks ago, a facility assessment for Lake Minatare Elementary School identified needs a list of urgent needs including: a new boiler, mechanical system and electrical system.
The district said with the associated costs, it was clearly facing some difficult decisions.

But after three round table discussions, members from the Board of Education and District Leadership Team approved some short - and long -term goals.

The move comes as a sigh of relief to many parties involved. "We can get a safer building and a more economical building going and keep kids there learning and being happy," says Mike Sarchet, a project manager with Twin Cities Development.
 
"I think we need to be on the ball with this and have these (meetings) every half a year and start working on the strategic plan for this school," adds Thad Kuntz from the District Leadership Team.

Meanwhile, parents were willing to step up to the plate to pitch in wherever possible to help cut costs."I want you guys to still reach out to us as a school and as a community," says Kate Schmer. "Because if there is a need or if there are things a licensed professional doesn't have to do... (my husband) Dustin is very handy." 

Superintendent Rick Myles says these facility upgrades will hopefully enable Lake Minatare to provide a viable, successful learning environment for the community.

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