Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

February 21, 2014

Possibility of new uses of East on board's agenda

Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Knoxville — One of the discussion items on Monday night's Knoxville School Board agenda is the possibility of using East Elementary to provide services to senior citizens. 

East Elementary was closed as an elementary school years ago, when the board was seeking ways to reduce costs. The board chose to provide elementary education in grade-alike centers, with the youngest students at West and remaining elementary students at Northstar. A portion of East Elementary was then converted to house GOAL Alternative High School. 

According to information provided in the school board's meeting packet (attached), Superintendent Randy Flack and Board President Leslie Miller met with Knoxville City Councilor Dawn Allspach-Kline (who also works with Senior Nutrition) and City Manager Harold Stewart. The four toured East to learn more about the possibilities for using currently unused portion of the building for senior citizen services. Further discussions have not been scheduled.

The Knoxville Senior Center is currently located in the basement of City Hall. Issues with the elevator and other structural concerns with the building have arisen in the past. 

The board will meet Monday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m., in the board meeting room at the Administration Building, 309 West Main.