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Sioux City School Board Makes Replacing Bryant Elementary A Priority

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In a 6-to-0 decision Monday night the Sioux City School Board approved to design a more than $13 million, 650 student elementary on the former site of the Hoover Middle School, located at the intersection of Hamilton Boulevard and 36th Streets.

But at the same time, the school will design plans to replace Bryant Elementary.

"I think the day has come that we need to be serious about replacing a 122 year old school," said School Board President Mike Krsyl. "And I think we all agree to that."

Around a dozen of the nearly 100 folks who came to the meeting spoke before the decision was handed down, a process which took more than two hours.

After nearly overwhelming community support to save Bryant Elementary the school board decided Bryant will be replaced, but while the old school is a priority, the new school on the Hoover site might have to happen first, or at least at the same time.

Plans for the new Hoover school call for consolidating a few others, like Lincoln, Clark and Crescent elementaries.

But at nearly 650 students, some parents are worried their children will get lost in the shuffle.

"I think you learn a lot of social skills, smaller classrooms you're not going to be pushed to the side," said parent and Lincoln Elementary PTA President Stacey Larson. "You won't have to worry about the bullying as much in a smaller school as the bigger schools."

Even though the decision was made Monday night, it could be awhile before any of these plans become a reality.

The school has to hire architects, conduct several studies and work with the city first.

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