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More school changes possible for A-P

APLINGTON (KWWL) - May's EF-5 tornado leveled Parkersburg's High School causing a ripple effect for students and teachers.

High school students were moved to Aplington while their school is rebuilt.

Aplington Elementary students were moved to Parkersburg Elementary to make room for those high school students.

At the time, school leaders said once the high school was rebuilt, things would return to normal.

Now, students in the district could see more changes.

Charlotte Koenen's daughter started school this year.

"Putting her on a bus everyday is not something we wanted to do," said Koenen.

Morgan was supposed to start school in Aplington this year.

Due to the May tornado, she was sent to Parkersburg instead.

Now, she could be going to school in Parkersburg two more years if a reconfiguration in A-P schools is approved.

"We built here because we had Kindergarten through 8th grade which meant no busing for our children which is one of the positives of moving to town and building here and now they're looking at pretty much taking that away from us," said Koenen.

The school board is debating having only one elementary school for the district.

K through 2nd grades in Parkersburg.

3rd through 5th grades in Aplington.

"There was a groundswelling of excitement and satisfaction of being all together. There's just a great feeling, great energy this year. Teachers are liking the chance to all work together," said elementary school principal Amy May.

May says the decision will be made with the best interest of the children in mind but also with the long-term interest of what's best for the district.

"We need to stop looking at ourselves as Aplington and Parkersburg and that's hard to do. Hard to do in any school community," said May.

About 3 dozen parents have signed this petition to urge the school board to vote against the proposal.

Charlotte Koenen's signature is one of them.

"I don't think they would have brought it up if the tornado wouldn't have happened. We would have had things like they were before," said Koenen.

Another adjustment that may be made thanks to a few minutes in May.

The proposal is on the school board's agenda Wednesday night.

It's possible they'll vote on it then.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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