From the WKVI Archives: Culver Community Schools Construction Project

Dr. Suellen Reed (second from L) visited the schools to kick of the construction projects in 2001. Also pictured: Superintendent Brad Schuldt (L), Mrs. Bonine (R) and Chuck Kitchell. Picture by Gloria Reed for the newspaper

What a difference 10 years makes. On May 15th, 2001, Dr. Suellen Reed kicked off the construction of three schools in the Culver Community District. Sod was turned at Culver Community Junior-Senior. High School to mark the beginning of construction. In the $18 million dollar project, Monterey Elementary was remodeled, 16 classrooms were added to Culver Elementary and classrooms and a gymnasium were added at Culver Community Junior-Senior High School.

Those were heady days. Reed said, “This is a very important investment for your future and your community.” Fast forward 10 years almost to the day when the decision was made to close Monterey Elementary, the School Board is grappling with budget cuts in the amount of almost $856,000 and cuts in non-certified positions are being considered.

Culver Community probably isn’t unique, but that doesn’t make the decisions any less painful. A sign of the time times, in ten short years.

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