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No plans to close Lakeside Elementary School

To the Editor:
As we move closer and closer to the May 12 vote, I want to take this time to address a question that has been brought to my attention. It has to deal with Lakeside Elementary School.
Over the years, I have had many people tell me that “they have heard” that Lakeside will be closed if the building bond passes. I’m not sure where they heard this, or where it has been coming from, but it has never come from the district.
I am here to say that Lakeside Elementary School will be the third- through sixth-grade elementary school at GSL if this project passes. I would say that by approval of this vote, this keeps a school in Silver Lake much more likely than if it doesn’t pass.
Over the past several years, the district has spent money to add classrooms, replace windows, and to put in security measures. This building is in good shape, with the exception of about 50 percent of the windows that need to be replaced. This is why we have designated $250,000 to go toward windows at Lakeside as a part of this project.
The school district facility plan includes Lakeside. If the district didn’t include Lakeside in its facility plans, this would increase the total cost of the upcoming vote considerably. I believe this is an example of only asking for what we need with the upcoming vote.
So, in summary, as a district, we are not closing Lakeside Elementary School and look forward to having this facility be in the district for many years to come.
Christopher D. Sonju
Superintendent of Schools