Projected growth and addressing ongoing space needs have been at the top of the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School Board’s priority list and continue to be discussed during their monthly meetings.
At their August meeting, a master planning draft was presented again by frk architects + engineers, an architectural firm that was enlisted in 2012 to work with the district on space needs, and gave suggestions to help alleviate overcrowding at the elementary, intermediate, middle school and high school levels.
According to the draft, six additional classrooms would be added, which could accommodate 510 students between the years 2017-2023. Four of those rooms would be designated for Kindergarten use and the remaining for Pre-Kindergarten. A Pre-School program would also be included into the existing space. The draft includes adding additional security and a possible relocation of the bus barn to the Nile Kinnick Campus.
At DeSoto Intermediate, eight classrooms could be added bringing the student capacity to 482 by the 2022-23 school year. Renovations to the art room, music room and cafeteria as well as security improvements would be proposed.
The idea also entertains the idea of swapping the high school and middle school portion at the Nile Kinnick campus as well as possible use of the decommissioned 6-7 building (the former middle school) for the high school district office. The idea has not been presented to the board as an action item until more information is gathered, Superintendent Greg Dufoe emphasized.
"We need to be thorough if we decide to go through with using the 6-7 building or the Minburn building," he said. "We would have a committee who would design it from the ground up. We will make smart, thoughtful decisions about the buildings."
Project architect Tom Wollan stated the key with the project is to not overbuild, but rather meet the growing needs the district is seeing.
In order to meet the growing needs, Wollan stated project design discussions for the elementary and intermediate could start as early as this fall with a completion date as early as August of 2015.
Travis Squires with Piper Jaffray added there could be little tax rating implications if the board were to present a bond referendum to the voters, but rates could fluctuate.
The board agreed that they are interested in continuing discussions on district space needs and would address the item again in September as well as hold a special meeting.
Approved a resolution to close open enrollment for special education for the 2014-15 school year, and;
Discussed and approved an interim elementary dean position.