Thursday, November 15, 2012

The East Sac Community School District is looking to add more space to three of its school buildings, but it is unclear what the projects might cost, school officials said on Tuesday.

The additions would be built onto the elementary school in Wall Lake, the middle school in Sac City and the high school in Lake View. A committee of school board members, administrators, teachers residents and others worked for the past year to make basic plans for the buildings.

A 16,300-square-foot addition onto the elementary school could potentially house a new art, music and media center room along with three kindergarten classrooms and three first-grade classrooms.

The addition would create a courtyard at the center of the school and would also put a large front door and lobby on the front of the school.

A gymnasium and new locker rooms are planned for the west side of the middle school.

Phase one of the additions at the high school would add a gym and commons area. It would also add six new classrooms and new offices. Phase two would add a new auditorium and music room.

The auditorium that is in the original plan would be able to house between 650 and 750 people. The district currently uses an auditorium at the middle school that fits about 550 people.

Rob Stensland, of Modern Design in Waverly, said the district will save substantial amounts of money by adding onto the high school rather than creating a new building.

East Sac County Schools superintendent Kevin Fiene said the next step will be to determine costs for each of the additions and deciding if the projects are affordable.