The high school addition would include large group instruction areas, new science classrooms and labs, regular classrooms and collaborative areas, according to architect sketch plans presented at a district finance and facilities committee meeting held Aug. 25.
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Since March, the high school addition’s estimated costs were reduced from an original sum of $20,283,774 to a current total of $19,687,701 by “refining” square footage in the proposed building addition, district officials said this week.
The district also is considering renovating the existing high school building but has put off borrowing for that project at this time. That work presently holds an estimated cost of $55,759,150.
Planned work at Northside involves constructing a single-story addition with four regular classrooms, one open collaborative-style classroom, dedicated rooms for art and music, and a new media center. A small addition to the school’s existing kitchen is also in the works, as well as renovations to the existing media center. A site reconfiguration is also on tap to improve and fully separate the school’s bus and parent drop-off areas.
In April 2020, the school board approved construction contractor bids for the Northside project that totaled $10,190,526. The project is slated for “substantial completion” by August 2021.