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Sunnyside's loss...Mabton's gain

MABTON - One of many partnerships in the Mabton School District looks like it may result in the Washington State Migrant Council moving its corporate office from Sunnyside to Mabton.

That was announced last night, Monday, by Mabton Schools Superintendent Minerva Morales.

Her comments came during the Mabton School Board meeting last night, when Morales said the migrant council has been looking for some time at other options besides the Sunnyside location.

The proposed relocation to Mabton, she noted, came about after talks between the school district and the city involving the agency.

Morales said Washington State Migrant Council has set its sights on the old Mabton High School building.

She says the agency hopes to break ground this spring at the site and renovate the old school, adding other support buildings for a new Washington State Migrant Council corporate location.

Morales also noted the school district is looking at transferring ownership of the old high school building and land to the Washington State Migrant Council.

Elsa Sanchez chairs the Mabton School Board and is an employee of the Washington State Migrant Council.

She later explained migrant council leadership is considering the move because the headquarters in Sunnyside are spread out between three different sites around the city.

Setting up in Mabton, Sanchez added, would allow the migrant council to have all of its support, administrative and human resource offices all at one campus.

Morales pointed out during last night's board meeting that the move would be a boost to programs at Mabton schools, as well as the town's economy.

It also would fill a building space that has long been vacant in Mabton.

"No more haunted school buildings in Mabton," Morales smiled.

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