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Butler school board member pushes for answer: “What are we going to do with Center Avenue?”

November 19, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

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A network of special education and social services currently operating in the building Center Avenue Community School.

Between all the other school building arguments and ideas, Alice Nunes stuck to a single question.

“What are we going to do with Center Avenue?” Nunes said. “I'm just stunned.”

Repeatedly throughout the Butler Area School District's latest school board meeting, Nunes addressed her fellow board members to ask how a glaring curveball had sneaked its way into their school building debates.

Earlier this year, the school board assembled a large, special committee of teachers, students and parents. They handed off three options for a reorganization of the school district and told the committee to come back with a recommendation.

Over the weekend, that committee reached their decision: a fourth option, which was a slight modification of one of the three originally passed down from the school board.

That modification is to convert Center Avenue Community School back into an elementary school.

That may sound simple, but it raises a big question: What happens to the network of special education and social services currently operating in the building?

Superintendent Brian White gave a report on the committee's choices. He didn't have a clear answer to that question. Nunes pressed for one.

“What will we do with Center Avenue?” Nunes asked. “What are we going to do with that program?”

This is an excerpt from an article that appeared in Wednesday's Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article and the response Brian White provided to Nunes.

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