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Brown Deer —Brown Deer Elementary School will transform a locker room into a classroom to provide space for a growing student population.

Construction is expected to start this summer.

The Brown Deer School Board voted earlier this month to borrow $300,000 from the state trust fund for the project. With interest, the project would cost $324,273.

By borrowing money from the state trust fund, the Brown Deer School District will be able to refinance two existing debts with the state trust fund program that would save the district $43,000.

'If you deduct the $43,000 in savings, really by borrowing this money in the long term we are saving $19,000 in interest,' said Jeff Pruefer, the district's finance director. 'You could really think of this project as borrowing $300,000, and in the end we'll only pay $284,000 for this.'

The renovation cost includes $240,000 for construction, $15,000 for furniture and $9,000 for 30 Chromebook computers.

The renovation was driven by a recent surge in enrollment in the district. Eighty new resident students have joined the Brown Deer School District in the past two years.

Brown Deer School Board member Kevin Klimek said the decision to renovate the locker room into a classroom did not come easy. The board examined a number of scenarios to deal with enrollment growth, he said, and this seemed to be the best option available.

'It's not a long-term solution, but we don't know if we need a long-term solution because we are still dealing with the enrollment changes. We don't know if what we experienced last year is a blip, or if we can expect this to continue.'

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