Thursday, February 28, 2002

Lakota ponders adding office

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP — Operations of the Lakota Local Schools would run more efficiently if records and people were together in one spot instead of in several locations throughout the district, educators say.

        “We think the time has come for us to look for another central office,” Superintendent Kathleen Klink said at Monday's school board meeting. “The need will continue for us to work together, and we need more space.”

        Today, records are kept in the basement of the freshman school and in rented storage space throughout the district. Administrators, speech pathologists, technicians, clerical workers and other support staff work in a triple-wide modular unit, in West Chester Township's former jail, and in schools throughout the district.

        And when principals and their assistants from the district's 17 schools gather for their monthly meeting, they go to the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, West Chester Township offices or area churches. There is no space large enough in the district to meet.

        “They're on top of each other there (at special services), and it's the same way here (at central offices),” said board member Dan Warncke. “Nobody's going to like spending more money for a central office ... but we don't have much choice.”

        Mrs. Klink said she prefers constructing a building rather than leasing space. She said it could be built on property at the freshman school, which would require relocation of a softball field, or on Princeton Road, near the VanGorden house, where two new schools will be built. Any plan would be done without asking voters for additional funds, she said.

        The new site would also provide adequate meeting and training space for the technology department — freeing up space at Lakota West — and eventually be used as a hub for community education classes.

        Board members gave Mrs. Klink the go-ahead to prepare a plan and cost estimate for discussion at the March 11 meeting.


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