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St. Louis Public Schools discuss future for Tower Grove facilities

9:54 PM, Oct 5, 2013   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - Save our schools.  It's the message some people are sending to St. Louis Public School District, as it looks to improve its facilities in the Tower Grove neighborhood.

The district is looking into renovating Shenandoah Elementary, or tearing it down to build a new school.  Either way, nearby Mann Elementary would close, sending students to Shenandoah.

Administrators say both buildings are in need of central air, new bathrooms, windows, and major work to their exteriors.  With recent growth in the Tower Grove neighborhood, the district wants a more modern learning environment.  So, the idea is to consolidate the two student bodies into an improved facility at the Shenandoah location.  But at a community meeting today, nearby residents voiced a number of concerns.

People who live near Shenandoah say they don't want to see the historic building torn down. And those who live near Mann say they want to keep it for neighborhood stability and accessibility for their children.

The district says it will take the community input to the board at a meeting next week.  Then, the board will decide how to move forward.

KSDK

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