(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Board will decide at a Special meeting in late December which of the five school expansion concepts will be voted on by School District Patrons. Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says the board discussed Options #1 and #2 Monday night.
“Those two seem to be the most popular,” stated Amstein. “I had the administrators update the board on how those grade levels might fall into place and where those classrooms might be within the building with each one of those concepts. So the board could actually visualize what it looks like.”
Concept #1 includes; moving the Pre-K back to Washington Elementary and adding two Pre-K classrooms, one special education classroom and a new dining facility. This option also includes a new media center at Schuler, additional toilets, and eight new classrooms. The expansion would also include a new dining facility at the Middle School and three to eight additional classrooms at the high school along with an expanded art room. The price tag on this option is around $8.7 million.
Concept #2 is a little more dramatic. It includes; two Pre-K Classrooms, one Special Education Classroom and a new dining facility at Washington. There are two options at Schuler with this plan, an additional Special Education Classroom, or an additional art room and music center or three to eight additional classrooms at the high school. This plan would also include the construction of a brand new 80,000 square foot Middle School attached to the high school and a brand new competition Gymnasium. The cost of this project would be around $20 million.
Dr. Amstein says the board is going to finalize their discussion at the December 9th board meeting. The board will decide on a final concept plan at a Special meeting in late December.
In other activity Monday night the school board approved several transfers in the Para-Professional Department. Lori Thompson was transferred to a Para job at Washington, Dawn Walton and Orin Perkins will be employed at the Link Center. Jason Watson and Bryce Casey will be heading to Schuler Elementary.
November 26, 2013
11:00 a.m. news