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Advisory board appointed to help Appleton's school capacity issue

Posted: 10:18 PM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 23:56:50-04
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APPLETON — A large group of individuals including teachers, parents and students are now part of an advisory board to help determine long term solutions to the Appleton Area School District. The largest concern right now is school capacity.

"A lot of our buildings are old and can't hold the current capacity," said Dr, Judy Baseman, the Superintendent for the Appleton Area School District.

The board will meet for 8 sessions that will go from September until December. If the board thinks of an idea that would help the school district, they will present it to the school board.

"Many of our classrooms were built at a time where there were just rows of desks," said Baseman. "The capacity of the classrooms do not lend themselves to today's method of teaching."

Baseman said many classrooms are beyond capacity. The school district has had to convert other rooms into classrooms just to have enough room. This issue is also resonating with some students.

"I think it's really important to get everyone's viewpoint," said Nimrit Sodhi, a student on the board. "Especially students because we are the ones who are having to deal with this growth and go to these schools."

The next meeting is set for September 24.