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Discussions looming to reorganize Mendon School District

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The Mendon school board is considering the possibility of adding on to the Mendon Elementary School.

That move could lead to the closure of Greenfield Elementary School in the future, which would in turn put all elementary aged kids under one roof.

Unity Superintendent Diane Robertson tells WGEM the school board is in the early stages of talking about closing down Greenfield elementary and consolidating it with Mendon Elementary.

WGEM to numerous parents in the district today about the issue-- and many support the idea.

Generations of families have gone through Greenfield Elementary School, including Mike Jansen's family.

Despite the attachment to the school, Jansen says after years of driving his kids all over the district, consolidating schools makes sense to him.

"With all those children under one school, it'd be good for the community, it would just help things out and make it a lot easier on transportation mostly," said Jansen.

And other parents WGEM spoke with, agree with Jansen.

"I think it would be more convenient as far as people that live here in town," said Chrissy Holthouser.

"Eventually they're all going to all have to come to Mendon anyway so why not make it a permanent thing and make them all come to Mendon," said Jodi Deming.

Mendon Superintendent Diane Robertson says the district would save money by merging the two elementary schools.

She says it would be easier for students, who lose valuable time on buses--shuttling between schools.

"It would make more sense for the students to be all centralized here at Mendon. Everyone comes into Mendon and then they get on shuttle buses to go out to Greenfield," said Robertson. 

Robertson says the board's proposal is just discussion in order to find different ways to save money, but she says there are some financial hurdles in the way for this to become a reality.

"In order to do that we'd have to look at a building issue, we would definitely have to build on more space at Mendon Elementary, so one of the things they are looking at is whether or not it's financially feasible to do that," said Robertson.

Robertson says if the project goes through, it would be another 3-5 years before changes would be seen and the expansion would be partially paid for by a $1.2 million state construction grant, that the district has been waiting to receive since last year.

 

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