A-D-M board approves schematic designs

Allison McNealEditor

The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School Board voted unanimously on Monday night to approve both the Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate schematic designs for the facilities master planning project.

The project, which encompasses Adel Elementary, DeSoto Intermediate, the decommissioned Middle School, and current Middle/High School buildings, will provide additional classroom space, increased site security, and a slight restructuring of existing classroom/facility space to meet the growing needs of the district. Voters will be asked on Feb. 4 to support the $13.5 million bond issue to help with site improvements.

At Adel Elementary, a seven-classroom addition will be placed at the southwest corner of the existing building and will consist of four kindergarten classrooms, two pre-kindergarten rooms, and a special needs room. Included in the renovation is an upgrade to the existing music room which will be increased in size, a larger teacher support room, and a pre-school program expanding into the former pre-kindergarten classroom space.

An eight-classroom addition, a new art room, special needs classroom, and new toilet rooms will be added at DeSoto Intermediate on the north side of the current building. The building’s administration offices will consist of a new 1,600-square-foot addition on the east side of the connection corridor which will provide for a more enhanced entrance security.

Both additions will include a re-configured bus drop-off and pick-up area for a more seamless transition for parents and children.

At the Middle School, eight classrooms would be added, while at the High School three science labs would be added to the current building. Renovations to the three existing science labs, improvements to the commons area, and upgrades to the fire alarm system would be completed if the bond issue passes.

Improvements to the decommissioned Middle School includes updated flooring, painting, electric and mechanical units and would house the district offices, additional storage, meeting rooms, and athletic programming.

If the bond issues passes, work to the Adel Elementary and DeSoto Intermediate schools is expected to be completed by the Fall of 2015. Middle and High School additions would be completed by the Fall of 2016.

Other business:

• Out of 67 students tested, A-D-M received a composite percentage of 85, which is 28 percent higher than the national average and 15 percent higher than those in Iowa. • Heard from Erica Baier who started Ag Day on Oct. 18 for students at A-D-M. “It was great knowing we could impact students in just a half-days time,” she said. “I would love to do another Ag Day for the students.”