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UPDATE: Possible sale of Castle Hill has parents wanting answers


Parents want answers regarding the possible sale of a local school.

At the beginning of the week a for sale sign was put up in front of the AEA 267 Castle Hill school in Waterloo.  The building is owned by the Waterloo School District and leased by AEA 267. It's a school that focuses on helping students with special needs.

Castle Hill is one of several properties that the Waterloo Community School District is looking to sell.

Amanda Weicher's son Beau attends Castle Hill. Beau has a rare congenital brain abnormality as well as epilepsy. Weichers says it came as a shock to find out the school that Beau has come to know and love was up for sale.

"I guess it's sneaky on the part of the Waterloo School District to throw up that sign in the middle of the night and have educators and parents and students show up to see that and not know what's going on and not have any answers," said Weichers.

Weichers believes her sons continued progress is due to the work done at this school.

"I worry a long with other parents I've spoken to, where those kids are going to go. We're worried about the best interest of our children and we're worried about those educators. I mean they're great people in that school and I would hate to see everything disrupted," said Weichers.

Officials with the Waterloo School District admit many of the decisions regarding the future of this school are up in the air, but they say the students at castle hill will continue their education either here or another school.

"The programs, such as the ones at Castle Hill for example, are something we absolutely are going to continue. We will make sure those kids are taken care of and that's our obligation to them, that's our commitment to them and their families," said Waterloo Schools Spokesperson, Sharon Miller.

"Castle Hill is a great place and I want people to know how wonderful it is and how students can benefit from AEA 267 and from Castle Hill. It just makes me sick to think that school might not be there," said Weichers.

Beth Strike, with AEA 267, says, "We are dedicated to the service of these students and will work with the Waterloo Community School District to make sure service continues to these students."

The Waterloo School Board will accept bids on these properties through November 23rd. School officials say once the bids have been received the school board will finalize plans regarding castle hill and the other properties.


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