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Lemont

D-113A to consider relocating fifth grade classes

LEMONT – Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A is exploring whether to keep its fifth grade students at Old Quarry Middle School or move them to River Valley School.

Superintendent Sue Birkenmaier presented a report weighing the positives and negatives of each option during the D-113A Board of Education meeting Oct. 16.

Birkenmaier said classroom space will be an issue regardless what the district decides.

"No matter which way things go ... that school will be at capacity for use in the classroom space," she said.

Birkenmaier's report said the fifth grade's self-contained classes are consistent with the classes at River Valley. The move would also ease traffic at Old Quarry.

But, relocating the grade may require hiring more specialists and renovations at River Valley, the report said.

Birkenmaier said the district would like a recommendation from the board in the next couple of months. The board agreed to form a committee to discuss the issue before the next board meeting.

The fifth grade classes moved to Old Quarry Middle School after Central School was closed in 2011.

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