RHINELANDER - Rhinelander District School Board members spent more than an hour discussing a potential solution to the district's overcrowding problem in its elementary schools on Monday night.
Currently Pelican and Crescent Elementary are at capacity. The board has been considering adding two more classrooms to Crescent. It's a project that would cost about $1.2 million.
In the last few months, the district became aware that St. Joseph's church campus would be up for sale. On Monday, the board considered the idea of purchasing the building and using it as an early childhood and 4K center, which would free up space in the elementary schools.
"This might be a better bang for our buck by purchasing this building and doing that if everything shakes out, which is why we have to look at it," said Board Treasurer Mike Roberts.
The church already has 11 classrooms built in. The board will need more information before deciding if purchasing the building is the best option.
"We're going to have to have cost estimates, not only staffing but maintenance of the building, any reconfiguration of the church itself into classrooms, that sort of thing," said Board President Ron Counter.
Counter says the next special meeting will likely be scheduled in the next couple of weeks.