The Belmond-Klemme school district will be moving the alternative school and the business office to Main Street in Belmond next month. The school board agreed to buy the property at 303 East Main for $90,000 at a special meeting held June 27.
The building is currently owned by Leasing International, Ltd. of Waterloo, and is occupied by the Hogan-Hansen accounting firm and the optometry office of Dr. David Gildner. In the past, the building has housed Baker’s Western Wear, served as the temporary Belmond Public Library during the expansion and remodeling of the library, and the Anders & Schnell accounting firm.
The district will continue to rent to Dr. Gildner for the next three years. The optometrist will pay $500 per month, and have the option to extend his lease for another three years when the agreement expires.
According to information given to the school board, the building has two clerical offices and three large offices. The back room is large with a back entrance that would work well as the alternative school.
Currently, the alternative school is located in its own classroom east of the high school library and has its own entrance on the north side of the room. That space will now be used for English Language Learners (ELL) – a student population has been steadily growing at B-K.
The business office and superintendent’s office would move downtown as well. The old business office will be turned back into the guidance counselor suite (located north of the library). The superintendent’s office will be made into a staff lounge and lunchroom.
The sale will be completed by mid-August, allowing the district time to move the alternative school. The first day of classes for all students is Friday, Aug. 23.