Architects Show Off Plans For New High School

The architects responsible for building Winslow Unified School District’s new school gave the Governing Board and the public in attendance at their regular meeting a look at the drawings of the new building.

Architect Tom Bielecki and project manager Janice Sweet walked the board and the public through artists’ sketches of the new maroon shaded cement buildings.

Sweet explained that the new high school will be a two-story classroom with an elevator for handicap accessibility. She added that an administration building and a performance art center will be part of the new construction. The performance art building will consist of a 600 seat auditorium and will use a large portion of the sound and lighting system currently in the auditorium in Old Main.

She added that the good part about keeping the performance center separate from the classroom building is the possibility of expansion in the future.

Dr. David Black, Superintendent, explained that they are looking at keeping Old Main for administrative purposes.

Bielecki reported that the architectural team is nearing the final documents that must be cleared by the state. He believes that everything will clear because the plans are within the state budget and meet all safety guidelines.

After the plans are okayed, Bielecki’s company will begin the bidding process. He predicted the school to be completed before Fall 2003 classes start.

During the summer of 2002, the construction company will be working on improvements at the Junior High and fixing a sinking foundation slab at Thomas Jefferson along with building the new school. Bielecki explained that one construction company will do all three of these projects instead of three different companies.

In other business, the board accepted a $150 donation from General Mills Boxtops For Education program to Bonnie Brennan Elementary School and a $59 from Winslow Dental to the Winslow Junior High’s attendance program.

The board accepted $250 from Aspen Vending and $150 from Martinez Management for Winslow’s Doc Wright Wrestling tournament. They also accepted a donation for $20 from Burger King in Kingman for the WUSD Wrestling Team.

The board approved a three-year contract with the Navajo County School Superintendent’s Special Services Consortium. This contract will help extend WUSD’s special needs programs.

The board also authorized Dr. Black to enter into a land exchange agreement with the City of Winslow. WUSD is looking to trade land located at Desert View Cemetery for land located on Pope Street belonging to the city. The land will be used to house the transportation fleet once the new school is built on the site the fleet is currently stored.

The board also held first readings towards the approval of Governing Board Policy Revisions.

During the principal’s report section of the meeting, Bonnie Brennan Principal Paul Landis announced that the school were awarded a School Demonstration Reform Grant, which will give them $50,000 for three years. The new funds will help add a new program called Voyager to Bonnie Brennan’s summer school curriculum.

The board also approved the resignation of Therese Mead, a safe room aide at the high school, and Richard Gonzalez, a district crossing guard.

The next meeting of the Governing Board will be February 20 at 7 p.m.

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