The high school project calls for:
- construction of a three-floor addition on the Amherst Avenue side of the high school to house technology, music and art instruction;
- moving the principal's office, now on the second floor, to the space vacated by the art room adjacent to the building's front door;
- building a secure vestibule at the school entrance;
- moving the district office from the Ti Armory into the school space vacated by the technology room;
- replacing all the building's windows with energy-efficient windows;
- renovation of the high school gym lobby and locker rooms;
- moving the guidance office to the current principal's office and expanding the library into the space vacated by guidance; and
- redoing the gym floor.
McDonald said technology shortcomings have long been a concern. Some of the technology equipment now in use dates to the 1940s, he said.
The art department needs more room and requires proper ventilation in order to offer classes such as ceramics and pottery, McDonald said.
The music department now shares space with the cafeteria, limiting class offerings and times, he said.
Moving the principal's office and building the entry vestibule are security measures, the superintendent added.
The middle-elementary school project calls for:
-construction of a new cafeteria at the rear of the gym;
- renovation of the current cafeteria into a multi-purpose room;
- making the current kitchen into a music room;
- moving both principals' offices adjacent to the front doors;
- building secure vestibules at each school's entrance;
- enclosing both libraries;
- adding one classroom to the middle school and two class rooms to the elementary school;
- installing security equipment such as a communications system and cameras;
- converting the current principals' offices into meeting space;
- reconfiguring the parking lot to create separate parking and bus areas as a safety measure; and
- replacing all carpet and ceiling tiles.
The middle-elementary school is the most utilized building in the community, McDonald said. About 50 civic groups use the cafeteria space for after-school activities, he noted. A new cafeteria and a multi-purpose room will allow greater access to the facility as well as greater flexibility in school scheduling.