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Greenhouse Approved for Monmouth-Roseville

T.J. Carson

Students in the Monmouth-Roseville School District will soon get their hands dirty in the name of education.

The district and its FFA chapter came to an agreement this month to build a greenhouse.

Plans to have a greenhouse have been discussed since 2013.

Superintendent Ed Fletcher said the greenhouse will cost an estimated $146,000 to build.

He said the district will loan around $91,000 for construction.  FFA will cover the rest of the cost and eventually reimburse the district.

Fletcher said construction could begin soon.

“We’re working with the builder now. But we’re hoping to maybe get started in March of April when the weather breaks and have it done before the summer, or certainly before the beginning of the next school year,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher said the greenhouse will benefit the school’s agriculture program -- and it will also help science students.

“(There are) Different experiments that they might be able to do with different types of soil and have kids develop hypotheses and see it through and see whose was correct and whose wasn’t. Just any number of types of projects,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher said the greenhouse could help draw students to careers in agriculture, which he said is important in Warren County.