(Atlantic) The Atlantic School Board will decide at a Special meeting 7:30 p.m., this Thursday, December 19, 2013, in the High School Media Center to approve the Concept Drawings and costs to present to the community. The board will decide on two of the five options that were presented to them by Jerry Purdy, the districts architech.
"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," stated Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein. "The board will decide on a recommendation from me, based on the information from the prinicpals and also from the discussion of the board."
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.
Atlantic Community Schools architech Jerry Purdy drafted five concepts, and following a public meeting and discussions with the personnel and staff, they narrowed it down to the above two options.
December 10, 2013