No end in sight for space issues at H-D elementary schools

The Hampton-Dumont Board of Education discussed leasing approximately 3,300 square feet in the Youth for Christ building for elementary music and art classes at its meeting Monday. NICK PEDLEY/HAMPTON

Continued discussion about ongoing spatial constraints at Hampton-Dumont’s two elementary buildings led to few definitive answers during Monday’s board of education meeting.

     The board toured the Youth for Christ (YFC) building near South Side Elementary on Highway 65 prior to the meeting. Director Darwin Van Horn and the YFC’s board of directors have developed a lease agreement with H-D for two rooms in the building to help alleviate spatial needs at the district’s elementary schools. A 2,600 square foot space inside the YFC building would be allocated for elementary music classes under the proposal, and another 678 square foot room would be used for art classes.

     H-D would be obligated to lease the space for three years under the agreement. A spike in kindergarten enrollment has forced the district to scramble for extra classroom space in the past year, and the YFC building has been discussed at length to help ease some of the burden.

Read the full article in the July 23 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.