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Prescott Kiwanis tours Malone Elementary

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PRESCOTT--In advance of the referendum next month, Prescott Kiwanis members toured Malone Elementary School Thursday afternoon. 

"We have a good staff here,” Principal Scott Halverson said. “The spatial issues are the huge problem…trying to work schedules, given the limitations we have.

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“It’s not the students, we have good kids. We also get supportive help from the parents.”

The spatial issues have been well known for those who have had any association with Malone recently. Halverson said enrollment at the school is around 580 students for grades kindergarten through fifth. The increase in enrollment has caused the district to use portable classrooms, which currently house third graders.

“The floors on them are cold,” Halverson said, referring to the portables. He noted third graders are constantly moving around in those rooms to keep them on focus.

“An attention span of a child is about their age,” he continued. “You better do something differently or you will start having some issues.”

Members were also given tours of a kindergarten and fourth grade classroom. A kindergarten classroom is about 1,200 square feet, compared to a fourth grade classroom at 900 square feet. Elementary rooms are typically bigger than a middle school or high school classroom, Halverson explained, because students are in those rooms for the whole day, compared to 50 minutes or an hour at the higher levels and the extra room is needed to house more materials.

The building, including the portables, is handicap accessible, he noted. Malone is made up of 29 classrooms, with 75 staff members.

The referendum is scheduled for Tuesday, April 1. In it, the district is asking to purchase bonds for construction of a new high school for grades nine through 12. In turn, the current high school would be grades six through eight, the middle school would be fourth and fifth grades, and Malone would be Early Childhood and kindergarten through third.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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