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Steps closer in deciding Harrisburg High School's fate

School leaders will discuss options for the old Harrisbug high school. School leaders will discuss options for the old Harrisbug high school.
HARRISBURG, IL (KFVS) -

What to do about a deteriorating school?

Back in July, Harrisburg's school board president pitched five when it came to the future of the aging high school.

Tuesday, those options may lead to a final decision.

Many say it's obvious that something has to be done, but the city is torn over which option will best serve everyone.

Chris Johnson has lived in Harrisburg all his life.

"It's my home," says Johnson.

His daughter, a senior, walks the same halls he once did.

He says even though she'll be the last of his family to share that connection, he still wish the best for future generations.

"Even though my daughter is going to graduate this year, I'm hoping for a resolution for the future kids," Johnson said.

A possible resolution is just five options long.

  1. Deactivate the school all together.
  2. Transform Harrisburg middle school into a dual purpose building.
  3. Bring in portable classrooms.
  4. Conduct classes at SIC.
  5. Have the district pay for online diplomas.

"Kids deserve a newer school with all of the technology and a pleasant place to learn," said Johnson.

But not every student is complaining, there are just a few issues Tony Zertuche would like to see fixed.

"The heat, it's hot," he said.

He says because his days are numbered in the building as a sophomore, the structural problems don't bother him.

But one day his little brother will walk the halls and that's when it might become an issue for him.

"I'd really like to see when I graduate, all of the younger kids to have a new school," said Zertuche.

A decision board members hope to come closer to by the end of Tuesday's meeting.

"The whole community needs to get rallied behind," says Johnson.

School Board President, Scott Berry says every member will get the chance to discuss every option.

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