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The Hillsboro School Board on Tuesday hired Icon Architectural Group of Grand Forks to start work on drafting a longterm facilities plan for the school district.

However, school officials cautioned that the move shouldn’t be seen as a signal that the district will ask taxpayers to pay for a new high school in Hillsboro in the immediate future.

School Board Vice President Mary Mattson said she’s been peppered with questions from constituents in recent weeks about the board’s intentions regarding construction of a new school.

Mattson said she wanted to clear up misconceptions residents may have regarding the board’s ongoing talks about its facilities – and whether an enrollment study the board expects to receive from a Kansas demographer in August will spell out the need for more classroom space in Hillsboro’s future.

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