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If Corbett closes middle school, where to put the students?

OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - School board chairman Todd Mickalson discusses the problem of the middle school with Corbett voters after the May 24 special meeting. Corbett community members, the School Board and administration met Monday night to discuss where they might house the 240 middle school students if the district closes the dangerous middle school building.

More than 75 people filled the Corbett school cafeteria Monday evening May 24 for an often contentious two hour meeting to discuss options.

The board, administration and community members often passionately disagree on school issues, particularly the fact that 45 percent of Corbett students do not live in the school district.

Corbett voters nixed a $11.9 million bond in the May 17 primary that would have replaced the aging middle school and made safety and accessibility upgrades to other buildings.

“We're here to start the brainstorming process...on how we want to get students out of the current middle school building,” said Todd Mickalson, chairman of the all-volunteer school board.

Randy Trani, superintendent of the district said “everything is on the table,” when it comes to possible solutions for the middle school.

For details and a list of the options discussed, pick up a copy of the Friday edition of The Outlook.