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La Crescent-Hokah district coming up with plan to rebuild elementary school

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LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW) – The La Crescent-Hokah Elementary School dates back to the 1950s.

Now the school board is weighing the benefit of investing in the old building, or building a new school.

While there is no formal proposal yet, Superintendent Ron Wilke said one plan is to build a new school on Abnet Field.

The lot is owned by the district and currently hosts two athletic fields.

"To work to meet all of the needs of our students, certainly the design of a building and what it's designed to do has a very significant impact," Wilke said.

Along with the proposal comes the idea of selling the old school property and having the community develop it, Wilke said. For example, adding commercial retail or a senior center to revitalize the area.

There have been renovations to the elementary school over the years, but Wilke said a lot of the roofing, plumbing, and electrical work is still outdated and needs fixing.

"It would still be a 1950 floor plan, if you will, design for the school," Wilke said. "And does a 1950 school design meet the learning needs of students in the year 2014?"

Part of the redevelopment plan would also include renovating the core academic areas of the high school, like updating science labs.

Since there is no formal proposal, there's no set price tag or tax impact associated with the project.

On Feb. 6, the La Crescent-Hokah School District Board and the La Crescent City Council will have a work session to discuss potential plans for the school and for the community.

The school board said they're still listing to community input. They'll then take the plan to voters and refine it, again, before making it a referendum.

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