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News Flash: New School Planned at MOSI



There's nothing like a few weeks to get ready to open a new school. Hillsborough has just announced plans to open an elementary school at the Museum of Science and Industry in August.

The district wants the classrooms, most recently used by the Terrace Community Charter School, to relieve crowding at Shaw Elementary. The new school would serve about 300 students, about one-third the size of a typical elementary school in Hillsborough. The School Board is being asked to set the boundaries Tuesday night. You can check them out here: Download map.

District officials are hastily planning a community meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Shaw cafeteria. Shaw had been projected to start the new school year with almost 1,100 students, which was hardly ideal for a high poverty school.

"We saw the opportunity," said Bill Person, who oversees student assignment in Hillsborough, noting that MOSI will provide all sorts of enrichment possibilities. "It looks like a great facility."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:19am]


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