PSD and Wellington representatives meet to discuss new school

Following a contact made by PSD Superintendent Sandra Smyser’s office, Wellington Mayor Jack Brinkhoff, town administrator Lary Lorentzen and trustee Ashley Macdonald met March 30 to discuss school options for the Wellington area with Smyser and PSD planner Pete Hall.

Brinkhoff came away from the meeting encouraged by the discussion. He mentioned that the town of Wellington might be interested in purchasing the Wellington Middle School building to be used as a new town hall. The town has been discussing a new town hall for two years. It would mean a delay in having a new town hall, but still might be a sensible solution.

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PSD representatives indicated an interest in that possibility and asked for suggestions regarding the location of a new school that would initially serve grades 6-12. “I let them know that a local landowner had indicted a willingness to sell 90 acres of land for a school site. They seemed interest in that,” Brinkhoff said. The landowner and the site will not become public until additional discussion and possible negotiations are underway.

“The school district is planning a meeting in May to receive community input,” Brinkhoff said. “This was a good meeting geared toward discovering how we can best work with the district to achieve a positive outcome.”