This week, the Hamilton School Board authorized Superintendent Tom Korst to negotiate with the Bitterroot College UM about renting the former Westview Junior High School building on West Main.

The Westview school and gymnasium, at the corner of South 9th and Main, was vacated after the new Hamilton High School was built on Fairgrounds Road. Westview students began attending classes at the former high school on South 5th Street.

Renamed the Westview Center, portions of the Westview building have been used by other organizations since then, and currently is the home of the MAPS Media Arts Institute.

Meanwhile, the Bitterroot College started operations at the Entrepreneur Center on Old Corvallis Road. It has grown to over 200 students and is almost at capacity, according to Director Victoria Clark. She said a move to Westview would easily contain offices and classrooms and provide enough room for future growth.

However, she would like the public's views on the plan and is inviting interested persons to a Bitterroot College Advisory Council meeting Wednesday, June 18, at the Westview Center, Room 12, at 3 p.m.

She said that more information will be posted at the Bitterroot College website this weekend and that all opinions are welcome.

Korst, meanwhile, sees the rental of Westview to the college as a very good move for all involved - the Bitterroot College, the Hamilton School District and the downtown Hamilton area.