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Listening sessions set for BE school district

Four community listening sessions in the next month have been set for the Brandon-Evansville School District.

The school board has hired ICS Consulting to help the district assess its facility issues and needs. As part of the firm's services, the consultants assigned to the school district will hold listening sessions to address questions regarding the district's needs.

The first round of sessions are as follows:

• Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Brandon school gym.

• Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Evansville Senior Center.

The second round of sessions are:

• Monday, Sept. 10, from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Brandon school gym.

• Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Evansville Senior Center.

Community members are asked to attend one of the listening sessions, as the school district and the consulting firm believe the community's input is important. The goal of the firm and the school board is to gather as much information from district residents to incorporate a plan that will best meet the needs of the district, according to the firm.

Child care services will be available during the sessions at each location.

The hiring of the consulting firm has the potential to lead to the building of one or two new schools or the remodeling of existing buildings. The two schools — the one in Brandon was built in 1957 and the Evansville building dates back to 1917 — are aging and both buildings have their share of issues, including non-secure entrances, roof leaks and boiler problems.

Last fall, a referendum failed that would have built a new K-12 school in Brandon.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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