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Commerce Schools Moves Forward with Plans to Build New Middle School

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Commerce Schools says it's time for its eighty-year-old middle school to go.

"This building, we're having problems with it. It could be a dangerous situation. I mean we have walls that are cracking. We've had problems with mold, and with other things. We're always redoing our bathroom,” says School Board Member Kevin Reading.

The district has decided to build on land already available behind the high school.

Superintendent Jim Haynes says "We had been looking for property and had been unsuccessful at finding a suitable site, some of it due to the mining operations and things around the area, and so we decided to ask our architect to see if he could come up with a plan so we could put the middle school on our high school site."

Officials are still in the early planning stages, but they hope to have a bond issue in front of voters early next year.

“We have to go to our community, our teachers, our students and our parents, to find out what is important for them. You know we know safe rooms are very important. We have to incorporate that. But we also want to take the opportunity to learn from Miami because they just tried to pass a bond issue. It didn't pass. We need to take those lessons learned and go to our community and find out what is important for them,” says Reading.

The new safe rooms would be bigger and also be able to house high school students and the community.

The district proposes a plan with about the same number of classrooms and overall size as the old school but with modern updates.

"We'd like to be able have something for our students to be proud of and with that, with a new school, new technology, a new campus. It's something for them to be able to go in and really be proud of what we have here in commerce,” says Reading.

School officials plan to ask voters to pass a bond to pay for the approximately 3.26 million dollar middle school and practice gym.

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