The Dublin ISD board of trustees voted to continue with the construction project at the Dublin High School campus and integrate the Jr. High students with the high school students in one building by the 2013-2014 school year.
Both measures passed with a vote of 4-2 with Adrianne Fails and Lathes Towns opposed. The construction project will include more classrooms, two extra bathrooms and locker rooms for the seventh and eighth grade students. Alternates on the project include a second gym and gym restrooms; and/or extra buildings with a covered walkway for office space, a laundry room and storage area.
There was quite a bit of discussion on the matter before the vote, with school officials and the construction manager and architects presenting plans to the board and board members asking questions. Board president Daniel Theibaud said everyone in the community he spoke with said they agreed with the board's construction project. However, both Fails and Towns said they'd heard from nothing but concerned citizens.
Residents will have their say at two town-hall style meetings to be held at a later date, said DISD superintendent Dr. Rodney Schneider.
Schneider also addressed the board in regards to integrating the seventh and eighth grade students into the new campus. He told the board, the most cost effective plan would be to have the jr. high students on the high school campus at the beginning of the next school year. School officials estimate that cutting out the jr. high campus will save the district almost $500,000 per year.
He told the board, part of the integration plan is to move the jr. high students into Hall A of the high school's current building and the high school into Hall B and four portable buildings until construction is finished. Schneider said he estimate the portable buildings will cost the district between $21,000 - $22,000.
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