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Path to school reorganization in Butler still unclear

November 18, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

The 39-member committee debating the organization of Butler Area School District unanimously voted not to renovate the downtown Butler Middle School building on North Street.

Beyond that, the path toward school reorganization in the district looks long and unclear.

For the last two months, a mass panel of parents, students, faculty and community representatives gathered to decide whether the district should shake up its organization of buildings or begin planning the necessary undertakings to keep its current setup viable.

But the biggest question hanging over the proceeding was the fate of the middle school building, which is over 100 years old.

The committee chose not to renovate the middle school building or to construct a new building to serve as the middle school, according to a summary of committee recommendations published Monday.

They notably did not vote specifically to close the middle school building, but its rough condition does not indicate that much more use is possible without eventual renovations.

Both decisions were unanimous, but from there the group was split.