Brookings elementary schools in need of upgrades

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KJJQ) – The Brookings School Board is dealing with two elementary schools badly in need of upgrades.

Hillcrest and Medary Elementary Schools each have more than $10-million in deferred maintenance.  Brookings School Superintendent Klint Willert says they can pick a project or two at a time and move ahead. However, he also says a decision needs to be made on Hillcrest and whether it makes sense to put money into that building.

School Board Member Roger DeGroot says Hillcrest is a difficult decision.

Willert agrees Hillcrest is at that critical threshhold.

Willert says they will continue to discuss this critical issue.