With the lease being up on the building where the Extend school is housed, the USD 490 Board of Education had to decide if to continue the lease or not during a special meeting held Thursday morning.

With the lease being up on the building where the Extend school is housed, the USD 490 Board of Education had to decide if to continue the lease or not during a special meeting held Thursday morning.

“We recommend not renewing that lease,” said Superintendent Sue Givens. “We are not recommending we change or drop Extend.”

Rather, it would be moved to El Dorado High School.

“We do have adequate space at the high school,” Givens said, explaining there was an area where they would have a separate entrance and classroom.

“We don’t plan on any other program changes,” Givens said.

It will have the same staff and same set up.

“The reality of it is we are going to get $14,000 in new money this year, that’s it,” Givens said.

With the Extend lease, they spend about $30,000, with an additional $15,000 for expenses and operations.

This move would allow them to keep the pupil-teacher ratio the same, as well as allow for an on-site administrator.

It also will allow more options for students in Extend.

“We have been struggling to do some of the CTE classes and kids shave to go back and forth (to the high school),” Givens said. “We will have more flexibility with scheduling and teachers as well. We think we can really make it work.”

As for the popcorn business Extend has been running, Givens said DECA may take that over.

This is just a portion of the $250,000 the district needs to capture next year.

“This is a place we can do it and not compromise a program,” Givens said.

The board approved notifying the owner on intent to non-renew 5-0, with BOE Members Tom Storrer and Deb Wheeler absent.

Julie Clements can be reached at jclements@butlercountytimesgazette.com.