MILLBURY – Education council members got a first glimpse of what may become their new Lake elementary school.
Collaboration members presented preliminary floor plans and a walkthrough video at Tuesday’s school board meeting, showing what the new school could look like.
The rendering showed a two-story Y-shaped building. A wing on the first floor is for preschool, kindergarten and special education, while the second wing on the first floor will accommodate classes 1 and 2.
Each preschool and kindergarten class will have its own bathroom.
Orchestral and music rooms form the arm of the Y while a kitchen and cafeteria / multipurpose room can be found at the base, which is at the north end of the building. A gymnasium is located opposite the cafeteria to the west.
There are separate entrances for the gymnasium (which will not have bleachers) and cafeteria so the school does not need to be accessible for special events after hours, said Dave Serra. , director of the Collaborative.
The second floor has levels 3-4 in one wing with a few additional classrooms for special education, and levels 5-6 in the other wing. There is no second floor spanning the music rooms.
The size of the school will increase from 32 classrooms to 53, said Tony Malik, architect of the Collaboration.
Serra said they will try to match the exterior of the school as much as possible with the existing middle and high school.
The cafeteria – or cafÃ©nasium – will also feature volleyball and basketball courts, Superintendent Jim Witt said.
Construction could begin in 2022 and the building is expected to open no later than fall 2024, if the obligation passes on November 2.
The new school will be built to the south and west of the existing elementary, which will remain in use during construction, in existing parking spaces. The new parking lot for middle school staff and the disembarkation of primary school buses will be placed where the existing school is located.
Parents will drop off on the south side of the new building.
Malik stated that new bus access for the college / high school will be added from Chemin Lemoyne. It will run along the south side of the high school with a descent to the north end of the parking lot east of that school.
The secondary school staff parking lot will be added south of this school and the elementary school parking lot will be north of the new school, next to the softball field and south of the track.
A covered connection will be added between college and elementary to allow staff to move between buildings.
Council member Brad Blandin asked, given that the new school will be built over an existing parking lot, whether the new parking lots will be installed first.
Construction will take around 14 months, so the parking disruption is expected to be minimal, Serra said.
Board chairman Tim Krugh said he believes elementary staff will do well with a parking disruption once they see the building they will receive.
A large decorative L can be placed at the entrance to the new school, which will serve as a backdrop for the first day and end of year photos. There are eight columns at the entrance, representing those who died in the 2010 tornado.
Council member John Ervin asked if a study would be needed to address morning traffic on Lemoyne Road with vehicles crossing the lanes to enter or exit the parking lot.
âWhen people come northbound from (Ohio) 795 and you have a big line of traffic trying to cross, that’s the problem,â he said.
Krugh said there had been no discussion with the county.
Blandin wanted to know if the new school will allow it to grow.
Elementary principal Mandy Wilburn said there are currently six kindergarten classes and five for other classes, for a total of 31.
âSo we can expand over time,â she said of the 19 rooms that will be added. Adding relaxation areas will allow for creative projects, Wilburn added.
She said it made sense to make it a PK-6 building.
The existing elementary is home to PK-4, with grades 5-7 in middle school and grades 8-12 in high school.
The intention is to bring eighth grade back to college, turning it into a real college, said district treasurer Monica Leppelmeier.
Krugh said he believes what has been presented is a great start to the planning process and that the new school will provide the neighborhood with modern space and facilities for the foreseeable future.
âWe are excited about this project, and I think the community will be too,â he said. “I think there is a lot of support for this and the need for a new building is obvious to most of us who have experience with this building.”
âUltimately I think it will be really positive for the campus and the community as a whole,â said Blandin.
Krugh said he believes what is on display will be very close to the end product.
The board also approved at the meeting the final step needed to secure the 37-year, $ 6 million bond issue on November 2 to pay for the new facility.
âWe are currently paying 3.3 miles on this building’s bond issue,â Krugh said, referring to the college. âWe’re going to incorporate that into the new one and it will be an increase of 2.7 thousand for a total of 6 thousand. “
The 3.3 mills for the construction of the college, opened in 2003, have been collected since 2000 and will expire in 2024, according to Leppelmeier.
No taxpayer money was spent to rebuild the high school, which was destroyed by a tornado in June 2010.
If the bond is approved, the annual payment for a person who owns a home with a market value of $ 100,000 will be an additional $ 94.50.
According to Wood County Auditor Matt Oestreich, voters in Lake Schools are currently paying $ 101 per year out of the existing 3.3 miles.
Anyone 65 and over or who is disabled with a total income of less than $ 30,000 will pay an additional $ 70.88, according to figures provided by Leppelmeier.
Krugh said the district would not revisit the ballot for operating money for several years, as money from the First Solar power plant’s tax rebate and expansion is expected to keep the district in the dark.
The tax rebate and other financial deals will give Lake $ 1.1 million a year.
LAKE – Approve Children’s Education – will lead the campaign to pass the bond levy. The group led the campaign effort the last time the district was on the ballot in 2012, Krugh said.
Wilburn said there had been quite a few meetings to get to this and it was still preliminary.
She said if the bond levy was passed, she would very much look forward to having more space in the new building as well as air conditioning.
âThis kind of keeps kids from learning to their best potential when they’re hot,â she said.
The current elementary school was built in 1960.