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|FIRST ON WGIL: Middle School Expansion May Be Blocked by ROE
|FIRST REPORTED 5:30am 8/10/11 The Knox County Regional Superintendent of Schools so far isn't allowing the Galesburg School District to demolish a building that could lead to an expansion of a school, and she may be blaming the state in the process.
Documents obtained by WGIL indicate that Bonnie Harris isn't apparently any more willing now to green-light the demolition of the long-dilapidated, so-called "Zephyr Dome" on the campus of Lombard Middle School, than she was when the district first filed paperwork at least three years ago asking to do it.
That's according to notes of a meeting held July 29th with Bob Johnson, the district's architect, and Harris.
They state Harris says such a demolition request is "less urgent now than when children were actually occupying the building."
District-205 Superintendent Gene Denisar tells WGIL he hopes plans to expand Lombard, part of the district's first phase of Master Facilities Plan work, won't be hampered by this.
"I hope there aren't hang-ups," Denisar said. "I think we need to go full-speed ahead. If you visit Lombard School, especially the older portions -- the band room, the auditorium, the old part of Lombard -- it's in some serious need of upgrading."
Harris hasn't responded to WGIL's e-mailed request for comment on the matter. She had been invited by the District-205 board to explain herself at this past Monday's school board meeting but declined, documents indicate, citing the fact the state has cut the funding to pay her, and a resolution to that has yet to be in place.
Harris, according to documents, also declined to meet with the school board at her convenience. Harris, those documents say, would rather see the Zephyr Dome rehabbed and turned into a teachers' museum.
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