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By Dan Fox 

Lodgepole parents, residents form citizen committees to discuss school board's concerns


Dan Fox / Sun-Telegraph

Kurt Huff (left) addresses a crowd of Lodgepole residents and parents at the Lodgepole Community Hall.

A large group of residents gathered at Lodgepole Community Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 24 to examine the available options for preventing the closure of their town's middle school.

Closure of the Lodgepole middle school, which is part of the Creek Valley School District, is being discussed by the district's school board. The board held two work sessions in early January where it talked about a proposal to consolidate the district's middle school into the Chappell high school as a cost-saving measure. At the first of those work sessions, board members spoke about an uncertain future of increased costs and a decrease in state and federal aid.

The residents and parents who gathered at the community hall on Tuesday discussed various concerns brought forth by the school board, and talked about alternatives/solutions to some of those issues. Some of the concerns discussed included: access to emergency medical technician services in Lodgepole, availability of daycare services in the area and bringing the middle school into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Kurt Huff, who's children went through Creek Valley, was one of the primary speakers at the meeting.

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