Special Board Meeting Committee of the Whole

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 6:30pm
Consider/Approve High School Course Guide for 2006-07
Hear Discussion of Options for High School Science Labs
Hear Discussion of Health/Life Safety Plans for 2006 and 2007
  Summary of the Meeting  
  President Puentes called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. 

Scott Johnson, District Architect, presented 3 different options for the High School Science Labs.  One option involved simply renovating the existing chemistry and physics labs, converting them both to chemistry labs.  The room across the hall used by Mrs. Hirschfelder would then be remodeled to be a physics room.  The approximate cost of this option is $550,000.  Class size would be capped at approximately 24 students for Chem and 28 for Physics.

A second option was to extend the current chem and physics labs out a few feet into the courtyard.  This option allowed for 28 students, but added approximately $300,000 to the costs.  The same option would be provided for a physics lab.

The third option involved new construction of two chemistry labs where currently two social studies rooms function on the east side of the high school.  This option was quickly eliminated because the cost was $1.2 million.

After much time of questions and discussions, the Board agreed to work towards completion of the first option, which would cap class sizes, but renovate existing space.  The Finance Committee has been directed to present options to the full board.  Future planning will occur in September/October of 2006.

There was a motion by Mickley, seconded by Ford to approve the High School Course Guide for 2006-07 with the corrections presented by Mrs. Swanson.  Roll call showed all Ayes, no Nays.  Course Guide approved.

Mr. Schlindwein then presented information regarding the 2006 and 2007 Health Life Safety projects.  Some of the work is being completed by Mr. Bormann and the District Maintenance Department.

The Committee of the Whole meeting concluded at 9:30 p.m.

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