Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Potential improvements list runs the gamut

By The Herald Staff | 6/16/2014

The Ottawa school district’s Facilities Committee, which has been meeting since fall 2013, has assembled a list of items that committee members overwhelmingly agreed are needed in the district, Bill Allegre, Ottawa school board member, and Jeanne Stroh, Ottawa superintendent, said during a school board meeting June 9. Allegre is a member of the Facilities Committee, and Stroh also has been present for the committee’s meetings.

The Facilities Committee has recommended the school board send out a request for proposal to area architects to determine the design and cost of the following items:

The Ottawa school district’s Facilities Committee, which has been meeting since fall 2013, has assembled a list of items that committee members overwhelmingly agreed are needed in the district, Bill Allegre, Ottawa school board member, and Jeanne Stroh, Ottawa superintendent, said during a school board meeting June 9. Allegre is a member of the Facilities Committee, and Stroh also has been present for the committee’s meetings.

The Facilities Committee has recommended the school board send out a request for proposal to area architects to determine the design and cost of the following items:

• New, four-section elementary school.

• Repurpose Eugene Field Elementary School, 720 Tremont Ave.

• A remodel of Ottawa High School, 1120 S. Ash St., to include a new science wing, remodel the 200 hall, remodel locker rooms, add or remodel the career technical education wing and add an auditorium.

• Updated safety/security at all Ottawa school district buildings.

• Add a preschool at each elementary school.

• Make OHS north gym handicap accessible.

• Add behavior classroom at each school.

• Update each school district building to be energy efficient.

• Some remodeling work at Garfield Elementary School, 1213 S. College St.

The school board voted 6-0 June 9 to send out the a request for proposal to area architects who specialize in designing schools.

Once the committee receives the cost estimates for the projects, Stroh said, the committee will discuss the list and make a recommendation to the Ottawa school board for its consideration.

Stroh emphasized sending out a request for proposal does not commit the school board to pursuing any of the projects on the list.

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