Thursday, February 10, 2011

New Portable at Betz Elementary.

View from Ash street.

10:15 a.m., 2/10/11

Due to population growth on the West Plains, Betz Elementary is anticipating overflow students from Sunset and Windsor elementary schools. This overflow will continue over the next two years until the new elementary school is built on the corner of Holly and Hallett.

The Cheney School District projects the new elementary school will be occupied by Sept. 1, 2012.

A new portable was delivered on Feb. 9. Kent Martin, principal of Betz, expects a third portable building to bring the total of portables up to three. Each building houses two classrooms. The temporary building they've been using houses a classroom for resource room students and a district program called Student Connections.

View from alley behind Betz.
With the overflow students, Betz staff will have more difficulties scheduling the common areas such as the library, gym, cafeteria and computer lab. Martin says it will work--three portables is nothing in comparison to the seventeen portables added to the elementary school where he served as principal on the west side of the state.

Betz is the only elementary school in the district that still has room for portables. Martin says "Salnave's built out too." He explained that the city and country regulates how much water each property can have on site and how many feet the portables must stand away from other buildings.

Betz currently instructs 426 students. Projected numbers for next year's load will come this spring.

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