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Published March 31, 2010, 05:23 PM

Ada-Borup Considering Closing Borup Elementary School

Next month the Ada-Borup school district will vote whether or not to close the Borup School and move those students to Ada. Financial cuts from the state have left them few other choices.

Next month the Ada-Borup School district will vote whether or not to close the Borup School and move those students to Ada.

Financial cuts from the state have left them few other choices.

It could be lights out for Borup Elementary school. State funding cuts have left the Ada-Borup district 150,000 dollars in the red this year and they're projecting as much as a 300,000 dollar loss next year.

Mike Coleness: "The state is holding back money, also declining enrollment, we're expecting 10 less students next year, we just hope the per pupil funding stays the same."

The district has two options. Either start laying off teachers and cut programs which they don't want to do, or close the Borup site and move its kids here to the Ada school.

Mike Coleness: "To close the Borup School would be a savings of 150-thousand dollars conservatively. There will be some personnel affected too."

Three non certified teachers would be cut under the plan. Teachers say they understand but it is controversial.

Susan Klevgard: "It will be an adjustment; there are only two grades here so it's going to be a lot more kids."

Cindy Oeterson: "The concern is how the kids will react to the change; in the long run this is a better situation."

The school board will vote on the potential change on April 13th. If it passes the 70 fifth and sixth graders would move from the Borup Elementary building to Ada. It would take affect next school year.

Ada has enough room which means the class sizes or structure would not change just the location. The district has been deficit spending 4 of the past 5 years and Coleness says they can't continue that for another year.

It's unclear what would happen with the Borup school if they make the same. It might be torn down and the land put up for sale.

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