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Monticello Schools are in the midst of a district wide facilities assessment.

Earlier this year the Monticello Board of Education decided to conduct the assessment to gage what the future might hold for their facilities. Superintendent of Monticello Schools, Dr. Vic Zimmerman explains the assessment is going to compare what the expectation is for 21st century schools and how Monticello facilities measure up to that expectation.

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Other than the districts middle school, which is just over ten years old, they currently have some very old, yet very well maintained buildings. Dr. Zimmerman says they can make upgrades to the current buildings, which would give them another thirty to fifty years of use, but the question then becomes, according to Dr. Zimmerman do they want close to 150 year old buildings when that time comes.

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The Board hired an outside architectural firm to come in and assess the facilities and Dr. Zimmerman notes they are about half way done with their assessment. They expect them to have a report around Christmas of their findings. But Thursday evening begins what will be a trio of meetings for community members to come be a part of to learn about the facilities and give their input of the future of Monticello's physical schools.

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Dr. Zimmerman explains at the end of the process, which expects to be December, the architects will have the state of the districts facilities, options to consider, and the cost of the options.

Again the first meeting takes place this Thursday at Monticello Middle School starting at 7 pm. All the meetings take place at the Middle School.

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