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Thompkins Childhood Center Closing
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mike gurspan

BY A THREE-TO-ONE VOTE WEDNESDAY NIGHT, THE OZARK CITY SCHOOL BOARD VOTED TO CLOSE THOMPKINS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER. SINCE THE MID-1960'S, ITS SERVED AS THE DISTRICT'S KINDERGARTEN CENTER. SUPERINTENDENT DR. RICK MCINTURF SAYS IT MAY BE THE TOUGHEST DECISION HE'S EVER HAD TO MAKE ON THE JOB. WITH A 200-THOUSAND DOLLAR PROJECTED COST TO REPLACE THE HEATING AND A.C. SYSTEM ALONE. HE SAYS IT JUST DIDN'T MAKE ECONOMIC SENSE IN UPGRADING THE 50-YEAR-OLD BUILDING. DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF THOMPKINS BEGINNING WITH THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR..., OZARK WILL DO AWAY WITH SCHOOL ZONES FOR STUDENTS AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL: THE PLAN IS TO HAVE KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SECOND-GRADERS ATTEND LISENBY ELEMENTARY, AND STUDENTS GRADES THREE THROUGH FIVE WILL GO TO MIXON ELEMENTARY. CITY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT DR. RICK MCINTURF SAYS MOST OF THE ELEMENTARY TEACHERS ARE GOING TO MOVE AS THE NEW PLAN IS PUT IN OPERATION. THE CHANGE WILL NOT AFFECT STUDENTS AT D.A. SMITH MIDDLE SCHOOL AND CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL...


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