(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Board has agreed to enter into a lease agreement with the current owners of the former Clarinda Company Building. The board met last night in regular session, and held a public hearing on the re-location of the Alternative and Hospital School into 7,000 square feet of space at the old Clarinda Company Building.
“Earlier this fall when we were notified by the hospital that we had to move our hospital school, we began the process of looking for a new location.” Stated Atlantic Schools Superintendent, Dr. Michael Amstein. So, he approached CADCO and they proposed three buildings and the old Clarinda Company Building was the best fit out of the three.
“Seven thousand square feet certainly meets the needs,” says Amstein. “The current hospital school’s total space totals 3,500 square feet so that’s already half the space right there with the program they currently have.”
Amstein notes several benefits to locating at the old Clarinda Company facility. “We believe that it would be able to house both the hospital school and EOC students. This would also free up two pre-school classrooms from Washington, move them to the current EOC building and avoid moving in two portable classrooms that would have been located outside of Washington Elementary.”
Meanwhile, not everyone approves the move. A former Alternative School instructor doesn’t like the idea of mixing the two programs together. She doesn’t feel there is enough room for both programs. She said some days a student from the hospital school may need more space, and a place to unwind.
The school board voted unanimously to lease 7,000 square feet at the building located at 1209 Sunnyside. The facility would have to be renovated and ready to go by this fall.
February 15, 2012