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      Marquette schools to realign

      The Marquette Area Public School Board Approved the plans for realignment of the district at their meeting Monday night. The board voted five to one in favor of re-purposing the Graveraet building to house kindergarten through fifth grade students. The building currently is home to the Marquette Alternative High School. Those students will be moved to what was once the Vandenboom Elementary building.

      The move is not without controversy, however, including with the budget. The early estimate is that it'll cost the school district $280,000 each year. The realignment will also create problems for the YMCA's Early Childhood Development program at Vandenboom. They have 150 students enrolled in the program. They're also sharing space with four classrooms for special needs students in the district.

      "Bottom line is we were looking for a solution that was going to best suit the needs of our kids," said MAPS Interim Superintendent Bill Saunders. "That was to provide the best possible foundation for their education which was a stable K-5 alignment and to provide an environment for parents when they move into town they know what my neighborhood school is."

      The board did say it'll try to work with the YMCA to see if they can be housed in Vandenboom alongside the alternative high school students. The realignment would take place at the start of the 2014 school year.