Facilities News

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Taking a Closer Look at South Elementary School

You may be aware that our Ad Hoc Facilities Committee has been exploring the condition of South Elementary School and has initiated conversations to address facility concerns at the building. This issue has come to the forefront following air quality tests that were conducted in August 2018. The tests indicated the presence of mold spores in several classrooms in the downstairs (5th grade) hallway - not entirely surprising given the excessive rain that increased moisture content in the building, but still of serious concern. In response, the district cleaned, sanitized, and ventilated the classroom areas. Several groups of students were relocated to different spaces in the building. Follow-up air quality testing indicated significant decreases in mold spores, and that levels are now well within normal ranges. However, as our Operations team investigated sources of moisture in the building and how to offset it, the need for new windows, doors, and flooring (due to old carpet) was reinforced. As we began to consider making upgrades to the district's oldest school, other options began to emerge, given declining student enrollment and the desire to provide a learning environment for South that is comparable to other buildings.

Community meetings were held Oct. 22 and Oct. 29. This page was created to provide additional information for the community as various options are discussed. It is important to remember that no decisions have been made at this time. You may access presentations that have been given on the topic of facilities by clicking the buttons on the right. 

Two additional community meetings have been planned to assist in evaluating the options that have been presented so far. The first one was held Nov. 28 and the second was held on Dec. 11. Presentations from both meetings are accessible by clicking the buttons on the right.

A feasibility study of all district facilities has been completed by AEM Architects. Highlights from that study were presented at the Dec. 3 School Board work session. You may access the presentation by clicking on the link at right. A more detailed exploration of needs specific to South Elementary School was presented by AEM at the Dec. 10th School Board meeting. That presentation is also available on the right.

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We invite you to click on the links below for additional information related to Ad Hoc Facilities Committee discussions related to South Elementary School. Questions/concerns may be directed to Superintendent Dr. Barbara A. Russell or the School Board