School Board postpones talk of new building
The Hudson Board of Education and school district administration have decided to put any discussion about the need for secondary school space on a back burner for the time being.
The board has canceled a scheduled work session for this month to discuss options to address the overcapacity attendance at Hudson Middle School and near capacity numbers at Hudson High School.
As of Sept. 19, the enrollment at Hudson Middle School is 1,165 -- 40 students over capacity. Hudson High School enrollment is currently at 1,630 -- 50 students under capacity.
Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten made the announcement at the Oct. 14 School Board meeting. She said with all the concern about the economy, it was "not the right time to discuss" an issue that could mean the construction of a new school.
School Board President Dan Tjornehoj said after the meeting that with the status of the economy and with the election coming up, "It wasn't the right time to add this discussion to the mix."
Both Tjornehoj and Bowen-Eggebraaten said that does not mean the need for more space at the secondary level will go away. The superintendent said that they will continue to monitor the situation and work with building principals and staff to find interim solutions.
Said Tjornehoj, "The need isn't going away. But we want to address it at a point when it is right for the community and they are ready to be part of the discussion."