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Recent discussions on potential changes to the structure of Beatrice elementary schools have proved contentious for the Beatrice Board of Education, but Beatrice Public Schools is taking its case directly to parents over the next couple of weeks to reach a solution.

There are several options that are under consideration which would make changes to the elementary school structure, and the district will be holding several meetings with parents at school libraries to discuss the issue.

On Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m., the district will hold meetings in the libraries of both Paddock Lane and Stoddard elementary schools. On both March 8 and March 13 at 6:30 p.m., they’ll be holding a meeting in the Lincoln Elementary library. Then, they will be back at the Stoddard school library at 6:30 p.m. on March 15.

“We want to do our best to make sure people have an opportunity to talk about this, learn about it, ask questions and try to get everything answered,” said Superintendent Pat Naruoth.

The meetings will include a 20-minute presentation on the options for restructuring, followed by a chance for parents to ask questions and raise concerns, Nauroth said. The meetings should last somewhere between 60 and 90 minutes, but they’re willing to go longer if there are lots of questions coming in, he said.

It’s a drop-in meeting and no registration is required, Nauroth said. Parent concerns and questions will be brought back to the board of education for further consideration.

“We’re going to listen, get parent feedback on what they're thinking, what their concerns would be, making sure we've done our due diligence in talking with parents,” Nauroth said.

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