Middle school expansion plan to be unveiled Monday
February 15, 2013
Plans for a new addition for Carroll Middle School have been unveiled. The design is a 10,000-square-feet addition to the east side of the building. The plans show room for six classrooms, a storage area and space for a commons room.
The Carroll Community School Board will vote Monday on a design plan for a 10,000-square-feet addition to Carroll Middle School, which was created by Frk Architect and Engineers, of Des Moines.
The proposed plan would put fifth-grade students, who are currently schooled at Adams Elementary, in a new wing attached to the east side of the middle school.
The plan features six classrooms, a special-education classroom and a commons area.
The idea to move the fifth-grade students to the middle school is intended to ease the overcrowding issues at Fairview Elementary, which arose because of a new preschool program for 4-year-olds that started this school year. Under the plan, third-grade students at Fairview would move to Adams.
The lack of space has forced Fairview school leaders to convert commons areas into cubicles and guidance counselors to work out of old janitor closets.
"If someone says they need extra space, I have to tell them we don't have any more," Principal Sue Ruch has said.
Guidance counselor Garry Hutchinson has to meet with small groups in the same rooms where students make up tests. There are privacy issues, Hutchinson said. Some of the conversations with the small groups are private and shouldn't have to happen in hallways.
Ruch said major space issues began when the Fairview launched the preschool program, and that the building wasn't ready for the influx of about 150 students. And she said the school has had to turn away about 10 families that inquired about preschool because all of the classes are full.
Board members plan to borrow money using future state sales-tax money as collateral - an expanded power voters granted them in December - to pay for the new middle school wing. Price tag of the expansion has not been determined.
The state sales tax will generate an estimated $12 million for the district in the next decade.
The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Monday at the Carroll High School library and is open to the public. Those who attend should use the north doors on the west side of the school.
Other items on the agenda include:
- Approval to obtain bids for air-conditioning for the high school gym. The project has been estimated at about $400,000.
- Board resolution supporting a 4-percent allowable growth rate from the state.
- A new intercom system for Fairview Elementary for $17,289.30.
- A discussion on the softball complex's concession stand and restroom facilities.
- Considering a bid for softball field bleachers.
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