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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 23, 2014

Washington School District considers partnership with Y

By Xiomara Levsen | Jul 14, 2014

At the school board work session last Wednesday Washington Community School District (WCSD) superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen said he met with representatives of the Washington Community Y to discuss the possibility of a partnership between the Y and the school district.
The Washington Community Y had been interested in partnering with the school district at the Lincoln Elementary School site, Jorgensen said.
“We met with the Y last week,” Jorgensen said, “and what they had found out is the Lincoln site has some flaws in terms of zoning issues.”
By the time the Washington Community Y would resolve the zoning issues there wouldn’t be enough space to build, Jorgensen said.
WCSD business manager Jeff Dieleman said that even if there were room to build on the Lincoln site there still would have been a water management issue. A stormwater retention basin couldn’t be built on the site.
Another option was behind Washington High School by the softball field, Jorgensen said. However, a lot of dirt would be needed to fill the area there, Jorgensen said. He wasn’t too enthusiastic about the idea of having a facility built there because of all the work the district has done to improve the softball field, which could be affected if something were built behind it.
Washington Community Y Director Becky Harkema said she couldn’t comment.  She said a board meeting would be held at the end of July and a decision would be made after the board heard from the building site committee.

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