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School board decision causes mixed emotions

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GRUNDY CENTER (KWWL) - The Grundy Center Community School District voted Wednesday night to close the Upper Elementary building, and that decision has sent mixed emotions throughout the community.

The Upper Elementary building isn't used for school sessions; instead, the space is used for community groups. The YMCA and Grundy Community Preschool and Daycare have used the building for several years. After the decision, those groups will now have to go elsewhere.

"It's a little bit scary initially, you know, we heard the school board voted to close the building last night. It's something we're not looking forward to, but realize there's some good opportunities too," Andrew Peters said with the YMCA.

Grundy Center Superintendent Jerry Schutz said the district can't afford to keep the building open. The district said a few years ago, it spent $100,000 to repair the roof, and has spent $25,000 annually to run the boiler. Schutz said it costs roughly $40,000 every year total to keep the building up and running.

Along with the YMCA, the Grundy Community Daycare uses the building.

"Was kind of nice, it was quiet, we had like our own little area. But I understand the needs of the building and why the need is to close it," Rhonda Kruger said with the Grundy Community Daycare.

However, not everyone agrees to close the building. KWWL spoke with two school board members, Bob Johanns and Kelly Matthews, who voted against the closure. Both expressed concern about not having a plan in place as to where to house the YMCA and daycare. Johanns and Matthews said they are also worried about jeopardizing the partnerships with such community groups by closing the building.

Superintendent Schutz said the district will assist community groups in finding alternate locations once the building closes.

It is set to officially close June 30, 2015.

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