A new elementary facility is going to be the best alternative for the Decorah School District in the long run. 
That was the consensus among the Decorah School Board Monday evening, as they discussed the future of the Disrict's oldest elementary facilities, John Cline and West Side schools. 
The discussion came following a study and recent recommendation by the District's Shareholders, a citizens' advisory committee appointed by the District. 
Board Vice President Melanie Tietz said the District has done an excellent job at looking at its buildings and deciding if they are structurally sound. In the case of Carrie Lee Elementary and Decorah High School, decisions were made to renovate the facilities. 
"In this case, I don't think we can make a case that this building has good bones," said Tietz. 
When Board Member John Hjelle asked how the future of North Winneshiek might impact the District's decision about how to proceed with its own facilities, Board President Ron Fadness responded, "No matter what happens with North Winn, that doesn't change the fact that John Cline is inadequate to meet our needs at this time."
Superintendent Mike Haluska said the next step would be to bring in StruXtures Architects of Waterloo to start discussing site options.  
For more on this story, see Thursday's Decorah Journal.