Middle River School Once Again on the Chopping Block? 24 Mar 17

The Greenbush Middle River School Board will meet in Special Session Monday Night to hear five or more plans to reconfigure district classes; including a plan that would close the school in Middle River.

Superintendent Tom Jerome confirmed school board members were advised this week that closing the school will be among 5 or more plans discussed, as the District works to reduce expenditures with deficit spending now estimated at $400,000.

Friday afternoon Jerome was unable to provide the estimated financial impact associated with any of the proposals, although he did promise that information by email.

Jerome said the GMR Board had not directed the Superintendent’s Office to come up with a specific dollar amount tied to building reconfiguration or building closing; although both options would directly impact scores of students in terms of relocation and class size.

In 2015 voters turned back a 25 million dollar proposal to close the school in Middle River and build a new school in Greenbush; with animosity so marked that the Marshall County Board of Commissioners suggested mediation in October of that year to “assist constructive communication.”

Even as Greenbush Middle River struggles to configure and fund their school district; revenue could easily trickle away as other school districts wait with open arms to welcome the children of disenfranchised families – and continued animosity does little to build consensus for future referendums.

Monday’s meeting is scheduled at 8pm in Greenbush.

Key Teeters, News Director, Thief River Falls Radio