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Our View: Vote 'yes' in Proctor

Wednesday, the Proctor School District will be asking for $13.9 million so it can close its outdated junior high, saving $500,000 in annual upkeep, and reconfigure its buildings with the 6th-8th grades moving into newly constructed classrooms adj...

Wednesday, the Proctor School District will be asking for $13.9 million so it can close its outdated junior high, saving $500,000 in annual upkeep, and reconfigure its buildings with the 6th-8th grades moving into newly constructed classrooms adjacent to the high school; Bayview Elementary adding the fifth grade and a new media center and Pike Lake Elementary dropping the sixth grade but adding a media center.
This is the third time that Proctor has asked the voters to fund new construction and by far the most cost efficient. In 1997, the district asked for $31 million, and in 2000 it asked for $20 million.
This plan allows both junior and senior high students to use such areas of the high school as the cafeteria, pool, home ec room and shop, . It also minimizes interaction between the two age groups.
Complaints about declining enrollment are being addressed by more efficient use of buildings. Proctor approached Hermantown about merging, but the offer was rejected. At some point, voters have to decide if facilities are an obstacle to education. In Proctor, they are. This request deserves approval.

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