After a lengthy meeting of Brookings-Harbor School District officials and architects, it appeared a proposed $14 million building program needs additional refinement.
Architects Richard Bryant and Harriet Cherry briefed the officials on how they would use the $14 million, but principals of the high school and Azalea Middle School had questions.
Principal Sue Musser of Azalea Middle School said it appeared the proposal would mean a net reduction of two classrooms. Principal Floyd Strandberg asked about having adequate classrooms.
He said he would prefer classrooms to a proposed indoor commons that would provide a place for students during lunch hours. The high school is phasing in a closed campus lunch system. Eventually no students will be permitted to leave the campus.
It was agreed that the districts three principals, and the superintendent, Dr. Paul Prevenas, should have their own meeting with the architects.
Members of the district bond committee who attended Mondays meeting held in the district offices encouraged the meeting between the school administrators and the architects.
Administrators have been low key during the bond committees long deliberations that led to creation of the basic elements of the building program.
Dr. Prevenas said he sensed some frustration as they discussed the building program. He said it was known from the beginning that it would not provide for all of the districts needs. He said if the measure is passed by the voters, it will be help much appreciated by the district.
The principals and the architects from Eugene met 90 minutes Tuesday morning to provide the refinement for the proposal.
Dr. Prevenas was upbeat about the meeting that also included bond committee members Larry Aslinger and Frank Cembellin.
He said that by modifying the old cafeteria and library into four classrooms not as many new classrooms would be needed at Kalmiopsis. Plans called for building as many as 12 new classrooms, plus a small gym and a new cafeteria.
By reducing the 12 classrooms to six, additional classrooms can be built within the $14 million at the high school and Azalea Middle School where principals see a need, the superintendent said.
Still in question is the use of the vocational building planned as part of the bond. It is unclear if the building will be joined used by the middle school and high school at the same time. Administrators do not want integration of the high school and middle school students.
Musser was concerned about losing the middle schools use of the wood shop. It is a growing program at the middle school.
Dr. Prevenas said the school administration is staying with the recommendations of the bond committee. He said it is getting down to the nitty gritty, and that fine tuning of the building program is expected before and after the bond.
The school district board is expected Aug. 21 to put the bond proposal on the November ballot. The action must be taken no later than Aug. 29.
On two previous occasions, the district has gone to the voters with requests for $19 million and $25 million. The voters turned them down by substantial margins.