Growing Pains

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This week the district has received complaints that this brand new school is too cold. But that problem is just the tip of the iceberg.

North Boone School District Superintendent Michael Houselog says, "We got hit with a cold spell that we didn't manage the way we wanted to."

The heat is on now, but for the past few days students had to layer it on to learn. Classroom temperatures were at 67 degrees a result of getting used to a new system. The heat used to be turned on at 7:30 a.m. for school that starts at 8:30 a.m.

Houselog says, "What we found with the 7:30 a.m. start is that when it was really cold out that didn't get the job done. To get temperatures up on cold days we backed that up to 6:30 a.m.”

To top off the problems, the high school also had to deal with a water main break. The kinks with a new school pale in comparison to the big kink the district is going to face in 2 years. That is when overcrowding will yet again become a problem."

Enrollment at this new high school is at 438 and the capacity is 500. But with hundreds of homes being built in Capron and Poplar Grove this district that serves 1,500 students is expected to double.

Houselog says, “Within the next two years we will be out of room again.”

A Facilities Task Force has been set up to address the enrollment boom.

Students in the North Boone School District will be on break till January 3, 2005. The district says they will continue to monitor the heat daily.