Decorah needs a new Pre-K through second-grade school.

That's according to the findings of the Decorah Community School District Shareholders group, a community advisory committee recently tasked by the District with coming up with recommendations for what should be done with John Cline and West Side Schools.

Shareholders Co-Chairs Mark Lovelace and Andy Bonnet told the Decorah School Board Monday night it makes no sense to renovate either West Side or John Cline Schools as the projected cost of those combined projects is 70 percent of what building a new, combined facility would be.

The Shareholders suggested the next step would be for the District to organize a number of tours and town hall meetings, to give the community an opportunity to see the areas in which the educational centers are lacking.

The Shareholders did not make any recommendations regarding a site for a combined Pre-K through second-grade facility.

For more on this story, see Thursday's Decorah Journal.