Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Lebanon schools say growth is a given

Community forums to provide guide for intelligent expansion

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Lebanon City School District is adopting the attitude that if you can't beat urban sprawl, join it — but plan for it.

        The district, which is growing by about a 100 students a year, will stage two community forums over the next two months to plot programs for its schools.

  The forums will start at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and Nov. 6 in the Lebanon High School cafeteria.
        District officials then will script a construction plan to meet the needs of those programs for decades.

        “We know the growth is going to come,” Superintendent Bill Sears said. “There will be an increase of students who need to be educated. And for that, we will need facilities.”

        Mr. Sears said the proposal will be a master plan for the 82-square-mile district, which had to use por table classroom trailers this year for the first time. There are eight portable classrooms in the district.

        Officials hope the master plan will help welcome but manage the expected growth in Lebanon schools, while providing a way to maintain quality education.

        During the forums, residents can suggest programs, such as all-day kindergarten, they would like to see offered throughout the district, Mr. Sears said.

        “Schools need to be driv en by the community and the taxpayers,” said Becky Hill, director of elementary curriculum.

        “The district direction should reflect the community's wishes.”

        Architects will be on hand at the first forum to give a demographic overview — complete with Lebanon's population figures, the number of build ing permits in recent years and the status of the district's facilities.

        At the second forum, participants will be asked to develop a set of program options for presentation to the school board by December.

        “Then we can make a determination in which direction we want to go,” Ms. Hill said.


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