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Salina School Facility Proposals To Be Discussed At Community Meeting

KSAL Staff - September 18, 2013 11:42 am

A community meeting will be held at Central High School on Monday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m., to discuss facility solutions and receive input. Central High School is located at 650 E. Crawford, Salina.

5:00 p.m. building tours of Central High School
6:00 p.m. community meeting in the auditorium

The facility proposals were developed by a group of students, parents, staff, business and community leaders. The ultimate goal of the group is to make a final recommendation to the Board of Education in the fall of 2013.

“We’re at the point where community input on these ideas is critical,” said William D. Hall, superintendent. “We appreciated the 300-plus folks who came to the August meeting and we heard that more conversation is needed about preschool, operational funding, total cost to taxpayers and more. The meeting on Monday is the next opportunity for that dialogue.”

At the September 23 meeting, community members will be able to:

Hear additional details about proposed solutions and financial impact
Provide feedback to continue shaping the proposed facility solutions
Hear answers to their questions from consultants and professionals
Tour Central High School

Proposed solutions at the elementary level include creating or reorganizing spaces to accommodate all-day Kindergarten and preschool students. The plan also includes safety and security improvements, such as moving administrative offices to the front entrance to better monitor visitors entering and exiting schools and tornado shelters. At the middle school level, these same safety and security changes would be made.

Both high schools would receive significant renovations and additions. Updated classrooms, improved athletic spaces and expanded career and technical programs would enhance the learning environment for students at both high schools. Finally, the structural issues at South High School would be addressed.

The end result will be a long-range strategic facilities plan designed to educate Salina’s next generation of leaders and position the community for continued success.

Fuchs Mi

September 19, 2013 at 8:22 am

TAXPAYERS hang on to your wallets and check books the school district is out to raise your taxes along with everyone else that has. I have one simple question for these educators. Why did you not do the needed upkeep on all these buildings every year that you alotted money for? You have every type of person on your payroll collecting checks each month so why have they not be fixing everything up that needed fixing?

wallace white

September 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Has any of the money spent in the past translated into better students? The US spends more than any country I can think of on education, and if money=outcome, why arent we #1 every year? Could it be because we are spending time and resources educating illegals and slowing everyone else down or crappy parents that arent any more educated than the kids just dont care. Perhaps we need less common core and more hard core learning.

Fuchs Mi

September 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

I wonder if they are going to talk about the last time they asked for and got $99 million. What ever happened to all that money to take care of the same matters? The only one that made out on that was some company from out of town they hired.

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