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Study looking at new location for middle school

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

VALE – Vale school officials decided Wednesday night to consider a dramatic change in plans for a new middle school – build it on the grounds of the existing school.

The decision came just days after the district’s architects submitted plans to the city of Vale to build the school on land adjacent to the Vale High School.

Steele Associates Architects now will evaluate the feasibility for building on the existing grounds, the Vale School Board learned at its meeting Wednesday night. The firm won’t charge the district for the new study.

“We should have the feasibility study within three weeks looking at moving the middle school to the site of the existing middle school,” said Vale Superintendent James Howard. “Steele agreed to complete the study free.”

Voters last fall approved a bond to build the new school, now estimated to cost . . .