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Hermantown Eyeing up Long Range Facilities Plan

Posted at: 02/04/2013 10:43 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe

Changes could be coming for schools in Hermantown. Some community and school board members there are interested in an idea like Duluth's Long Range Facilities Plan.

A large crowd of parents, students, and educators alike turned out for a special session of the Hermantown School Board on Monday night. This is just one of many meetings held over the past several months, gaging community reaction on ideas for improvement with aging schools and buildings.

"There's really no questioning the need. If you look around this building especially. and you look around what's happening with our neighboring communities... we have concerns regarding the educational opportunity for our kids," said Natalie Peterson, both a parent and a chair for the Advance Hermantown initiative.

Peterson said the school district is still in the data gathering mode, but she said, ultimately, the need for change remains.

"At the end of the day, we want a building that's going to support the needs of our children and the staff to teach those children. And to be able to have the community engage in that building," she said.

Kelly Biondi is another parent who participated in the special session meeting. She said the chance for parents to have a say is vital.

"We have this opportunity to work together with our community and that isn't always the case. So parents to have a voice, for citizens to have a voice whether you have a child in the school district or not, is essential. It's going to make or break how we move forward."