Page 12 - Scene Magazine 46-02 February 2021
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  Education Scene
BY BLAKE PREWITT, ED.S., Superintendent
   Community Meetings Planned for May Millage Election
  There will be
a time that we
are through this pandemic, and it’s important that, as a school district, we continue with our long-term
In order to address the middle school, we explored when the next time we could go out for a bond. With our financial advisors we real- ized that we could go out for a bond that would significantly improve the middle school facility with zero tax increase.
                  planning. We have been actively revising academic planning according to our strategic plan. This includes not only intervention but also extension for our high achieving students.
Building a brand new middle school would be costly and not the most efficient use of funds. There
are areas in the school that can be remodeled, especially the common spaces (gym, cafeteria, auditorium, pool, etc). We want to provide a more elementary school environment for our 5/6 Academy students and a high school-like environment for our 7/8 Academy students. With our archi- tects, we have determined that part of the current academic building could be remodeled to support that vision. In addition, a new 7/8 Academy wing would be constructed to meet 21st Century learning goals.
     Part of the strategic plan is continu- ing to update our buildings in order
to provide the most up-to-date educa- tional environment. About 18 years ago, the community knew that the current middle school building was not conducive to a 21st century education and supported building a new high school. The middle school building has not changed much since it was built in
1961, and it really does not provide the best educational environment for 21st century education. COVID has really called attention to this as the middle school has the smallest average square foot class size and the oldest HVAC system in the district.
 Community Meetings
Our ten-year facility plan has also identified the following areas the district needs to address: elementary playgrounds, classroom technology, parking lots and roofs, athletic fields/ facilities (with a plan to increase com- munity usage - LYA, BC Fire, etc.), and preschool facilities. These areas can also be addressed with no increase in taxes.
MAY MILLAGE ELECTION
This fall we met with a community taskforce to evaluate going out for a bond in May 2021. The taskforce has been very positive in their support for a bond. We also conducted a commu- nity survey, which showed support for a May 2021 bond with zero tax increase.
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              Meeting links are available at www.lakeviewspartans.org.
I look forward to continuing the partnership with the Lakeview commu- nity to maintain educational facilities that will support teaching and learning well into the future.
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