Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Mon, April 06

New high school building underway<br>Possible bond election aimed at completing campus<br>

The soil work is well underway at the high school construction site.

The new building will be a two-story structure holding the English, Math, Special Needs, and Home Economics classes that are currently housed in Old Main.

The new building will have 22 classrooms (just like Old Main), but it will not have lockers. Black explained this will be accomplished by having a set of textbooks for each classroom and each student having a set at home for homework.

The new building will also feature a 650 seat auditorium with an attached band room.

The WUSD Governing Board has decided to bring a bond election to the voters as part of the November 5 county election.

If the bond is passed, the money will be used to complete the campus by bringing the existing additions onto the new campus. Currently the Science Building and the Business Education Building are not included in the Student First project, the project funding the new building.

The money from the bond will be used to build wings for the science and business education classes, as well as build choral rooms onto the auditorium. A new cafeteria will also be included if the bond passes.

If the bond passes through the voters, Black estimated the additions being completed after classes begin in the fall of 2003. There will be a split campus with students walking from the new building to the current building for about six months.

If the bond does not pass, then the district’s Steering Committee will work with the City of Winslow to possibly close Colorado Avenue during school hours.

The vocational building will remain on the current campus no matter the outcome of the bond election. Dr. Black explained the vocation programs are on a block schedule that is different than the other academic classes and the students do not have to change classes as often.

“We could get by with what we have, but we really want one unified campus,” Dr. Black said. “We want to take advantage of the Student First monies to build a complete campus on one side an allow for uniformity in the architecture and additional safety for the students.”

The Steering Committee has been involved in the new building since word was received that Old Main could not be used any longer. The Steering Committee is made up by Mayor Jim Boles, several Student Body Presidents, Chelsea Chee, Kim Garcia and currently Shimeon Mattox, Sam Conner, Royce Greer, John Henling, Doug Watson, Carmelita James, Bob Mansell, Gary Muchmore, Anne Rickstrew, John Roche, Dan Simmons, Dr. Harry Simmons, Robert Beamish and Dr. Black.

While the construction is going on, the question of parking for sporting events has been raised. Black suggested fans take advantage of street parking along Cherry Street, Maple Street and Colorado Aveune.

The district has opened several gates along Cherry Street for fans to access sidewalks that lead to the new gymnasium. He added that lighting will also be added to heighten safety for fans.

Dr. Black said signs will also be added helping fans find their way to the gym. Fans will continue to enter at the same door.

If there are fans who require special assistance because of disabilities, Black encouraged them to contact the district and arrangements will be made.

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