Changes coming to schools in Kirtland

Posted at: 01/17/2014 6:31 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

School officials are planning some big changes in the town of Kirtland.

They say two schools are in dire need of some upgrades, but parents have mixed feelings on how the school district is hoping to fix it.

Change is coming to schools in Kirtland.

In August voters approved a 20 million dollar bond that would help central consolidated school district pay to rebuild or remodel some of their schools.

Two schools, Ruth N. bond and Grace B. Wilson are in dire need of improvement.

School officials say both were built several decades ago and have foundations problems.

The district is planning to take action, and that could mean some changes on where children will now be attending class.

“One’s k-3, one's 4-6. It would be much more efficient to build a school combining grades," said James Preminger, spokesperson for Central Consolidated School District.

So before the district breaks ground, they're having public meetings to find out what the parents in the area want.

At each meeting parents and community members are given a survey asking what kind of grade configuration would work best.

"Ideally I would like to have two new schools built to replace the two that they're going to tear down," said June Huttinga.

"We put three k-5 schools and the sixth grade needs to be moved to the higher level," said Melissa Christianson.

The school district also plans to address overcrowding in classrooms.

"Many of us feel that when you get over 500 you're getting too big," said Byron Manning.

And even though there are several opinions on what the district should do, they all want one thing.

"I want the best environment for the kids and the best environment from the teachers.” Said Huttinga.

If you are a parent who would like to voice your opinion on this issue, you can fill out a survey available on the district's website located at