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McCune Residents Push to Reopen Elementary School
By Jessica Schaer
MCCUNE, KS.--- An attorney representing a group of McCune residents met with district leaders earlier this evening. He says the group is encouraging school officials to meet with leaders of the Oswego School District. The attorney adds, the group would ideally like leaders of both districts to discuss transferring the school and an unidentified piece of land to USD 504. USD 247 officials say they simply cannot afford to give the land to the Oswego School District. McCune leaders say they would be giving up a large tax base and it wouldn't be wise for another district to operate a school in McCune.
"We just would like to see the meeting occur, and would hope to be, to facilitate that meeting and hopefully encourage and help bring some positive outcome," said Kevin Mitchelson, Attorney for McCune Group.
"We have had conversations with the leadership of Oswego. We know what their needs would be. And those needs, and what they're asking for are, are incompatible with what we view is good for the kids of our district," said Dr. Glenn Fortmayer, USD 247 Superintendent.
McCune school leaders are still figuring out what to do with the former school building. Although no formal requests have been made, McCune city leaders would like to take full ownership of the building and turn it into a daycare or community center.