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Published December 14, 2009, 09:58 PM

Parents Upset Over Proposed School Renovations

Some parents of high school students in Grand Forks are upset with the school district. They're mad because 14 million dollars in proposed renovations don't address the needs of the downtown Central High School.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

Some parents of high school students in Grand Forks are upset with the school district.

They're mad because 14 million dollars in proposed renovations don't address the needs of the downtown Central High School.

The proposal would give Red River High School a new theater and expand the theater at Central all while parents say the board is neglecting the needs of athletics at Central.

Right now Red River has two gyms and Central has one. Central parents told the board their kids are being bussed to and from other schools for practice. That's taking away studying and family time. They say they don't want the theater project to overshadow the athletic need. The district's superintendent says a study is being done right now which is looking at the athletic needs and parents need to just be patient. Some aren't buying it.

Luann Purris/Parent: "I would advocate when a plan is voted on the Central gym is not an option by a priority, this is about fairness."

Judy Streifel-Raller/Parent: "I find it interesting that any student for any reason would be bussed to an elementary school."

District Superintendent Larry Nybladh says in April a consultant will present his findings and a new gym or expansion at Central could be part of a 5 year plan.

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