Salina School Facility Proposals To Be Discussed At Community Meeting

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.