Two representatives of ACI Frangkiser Hutchens, an architectural design firm, presented the plans and provided an overview of the facities' features.
Michael G. Kautz said the design of the new building was informed by discussions with district staff, and Superintendent Craig Noah said the initial design "is everything everybody wanted."
Kautz reviewed features of the nearly 74,500-square-foot building and answered board members' questions, one of which, from Cindy Brandt, was, "Can you do it cheaper?"
Kautz said the price tag could be reduced, suggesting the district would have to decide what to give up to do so.
Other questions from the board ranged from types of materials to be used, type of roof and whether the design accounted for expanding the building in the future.
But he did describe the layout of the three projects. He noted that classrooms in the upper elementary building would be about 800 square feet. Classrooms in the Northwest expansion would be about 900 square feet to maintain consistency with existing classrooms.
The Benton and Northwest additions would replace modular units currently used by both schools and could include five new classrooms. The Northwest addition would also include a music/art room.
The addition of the upper elementary building would mean the remaining elementary buildings could be used for kindergarten through second grade classes, returning them to the role of "neighborhood schools," according to Noah.
At $2.3 million, the Benton expansion would be more expensive than the Northwest expansion, estimated to cost about $1.8 million. Kautz explained that the plans for Benton include installation of new heating and air conditioning systems throughout the existing building and addition of a parking lot in space left open by the removal of the modular unit.
Following the architects' presentation, the board decided to begin the process of selecting a construction management firm.
A committee formed to do the initial review of proposals. Noah, board President Larry Godsey and members Kathy Green and Teri Wright will meet this week to select three firms to interview.
The full board will meet Tuesday, July 28, to interview the firms selected by the committee.
In closed session, the board accepted the resignation of Maria Hutchinson, sixth grade teacher, and approved the employment of Tim Washington, assistant wrestling coach; Theresa Girtens, Eastwood focus room monitor and freshman girls basketball coach; and Julie Hieronymus, sixth grade teacher.
In addition to Brandt, board members Mark Gooden, Kathy Green, Sherrie Stouffer, Anita Wright, Teri Wright and President Larry Godsey were in attendance.
The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 25.
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