By Sam Elliott
Six Hamilton Southeastern Schools will be utilizing portable classrooms on their property this year as funding from the voter-approved referendum allowed for the hiring of more teachers in an effort to reduce class sizes.
“All of the units have already been moved,” HSE Schools Facilities Manager Harry Delks said. “They’re all in place, they’re working on skirting, electrical and doing the work on installing that now.”
Fishers Elementary will house one portable classroom unit, Brooks School Elementary will use two and New Britton Elementary will have three. Lantern Road will have one unit plus one quad unit of four classrooms, which will also be used at Hamilton Southeastern Junior High and Geist Elementary.
The portable units were set and foundations complete when Delks gave the HSE School Board an update July 13, with work on installing power and sidewalks and ramps into the rooms to follow soon.
HSE Supt. Dr. Allen Bourff has told the school board he would like to begin discussions soon on permanent solutions to replace the use of portable classrooms at the district’s schools.