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District buys portables for Bordeaux, Mountain View

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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The Shelton School Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to purchase two portable classrooms, one each for Bordeaux and Mountain View elementary schools, for the 2016-17 school year.

The district will pay $296,622 for the two portables, with plans to place them at the schools in August. The district will also pay $90,000 to set them up, including water and wiring.

The district is making the move in anticipation of student enrollment growth, said Superintendent Alex Apostle.

"We need to be prepared for a good start to our school year," he said.

Bordeaux Elementary, which has 571 students, already sports three doublewide portables. Mountain View Elementary, which has 663 students, has four doublewide portables and a single one.

Buying portables is not the best solution for providing more space for students and teachers, "but will move us toward a bond decision. ... We're buying time," Apostle said.

Some teachers are forced to shuttle between classrooms, he said.

School Board member Keri Davidson has a daughter at Bordeaux Elementary.

"It's max capacity and then some," she said.

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Original Publication Date: January 28, 2016

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