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67 percent favor modular buildings at WHE
By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE
HAMLIN – A comprehensive survey of parents, guardians, grandparents, community members, educators and businesses has found that two in every three would prefer modular buildings as a solution for West Hamlin Elementary’s overcrowding.
The survey was presented to the Lincoln County Board of Education at the Tuesday, September 20, 2011 regular session in Hamlin. A delegation from West Hamlin Elementary (WHE) was present for the meeting.
The matter of overcrowding was first brought before the board during the August 16 regular session in Hamlin. At that time, Lincoln County Superintendent of Schools Patricia Lucas described four possible solutions to the overcrowding problem at West Hamlin Elementary.
•A redistricting of the attendance area.
The survey presented to the board last week included a summary report and all 534 completed questionnaires. In all, 650 forms had been issued. The survey therefore had an 82 percent participation rate. The breakdown of those taking part was as follows:
According to the survey, 67 percent (361) of respondents would prefer portable units. The 361 who expressed that preference included 175 parents, 54 community members, 51 grandparents, 34 business owners, 27 educators and 20 guardians.
One in five of the respondents (20 percent, or 106 people) said they were in favor of moving the fifth graders to Guyan Valley Middle School. The 106 included 78 parents, 13 grandparents, 12 educators, two guardians and one community member.
Just nine percent (46) of those taking part opted for moving the prekindergarten classes to another facility and then returning the students to WHE for kindergarten.
Finally, four percent (21) of respondents were in favor of redistricting the attendance areas.