DuBois Area Middle principals

Those attending the ‘Tour and Explore’ on Jan. 9 will be greeted by Principal Darren Hack, right, and Assistant Principal Michael Maholtz in the DuBois Area Middle School main lobby. They are shown in the current sixth grade wing of the middle school which would be where the fifth-grade students would be located if moved there, according to Hack.

DuBOIS — The DuBois Area School District invites the public to “Tour and Explore” the middle school next week.

The district is currently evaluating all facilities to determine areas in need of capital improvements.

“The DuBois Area Middle School currently has an abundance of space available that could be utilized by fifth-grade students,” district administrators said in a news release Wednesday. “In addition, a significant amount of space is available to enhance the quality of educational programs that currently exist for all students at DAMS. As a result, grade reconfiguration is an area which must be explored. This will help to ensure that all available learning spaces throughout the district are effectively utilized so that quality learning opportunities are provided for all students.”

District administrators recognize that facility upgrades are inevitable in order to provide high quality teaching and learning areas that will help prepare students for the future.

“If the district were to embark on renovation and or new construction of additional learning spaces in the elementary schools, only to discover in the future that the added space was not needed, would be incredibly irresponsible leadership,” administrators said. “Therefore, it is imperative that the learning spaces in our middle school be carefully evaluated, scrutinized, and considered. As such, we believe it would be incredibly important to welcome individuals to visit the school so that they may discover, first-hand, the potential that lies within.”

Those members of the community who may be interested in exploring the possibilities are welcome to visit the middle school at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9. The school is located at 400 Liberty Boulevard, DuBois.

Visitors will be greeted by Principal Darren Hack and Assistant Principal Michael Maholtz in the middle school main lobby. Participants will be encouraged to take a self-guided tour of the school including the areas where grade five could potentially be located.

“Visitors will quickly discover the magnificent design of the building and the positive impact that the design contributes to high levels of student achievement,” according to the administrators. They noted that the middle school is recognized nationally as one of only two schools in Pennsylvania designated consecutively four times as a Don Eichhorn “School to Watch.”

According to the administration, no decision has been made to date as to whether the board is planning an official vote to move grade five from the four remaining elementary schools.

“We are still gathering and sharing information,” they said. “We understand the concerns expressed by parents and we plan to share additional information at the Jan. 18 work session meeting.”

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